The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens owned by the French aristocrats and the royals
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The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens owned by the French aristocrats and the royals

The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens owned by the French aristocrats and the royals

German Ébéniste ‘cabinetmaker’ who founded what became one of Europe’s most renowned furniture manufactory, Abraham Roentgen, the father of David Roentgen, and the famous cabinetmaker to Queen

The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens owned by the French aristocrats and the royals

Notably, the Roentgens worked for the elite clients, including Louis XVI of France, Catherine the Great of Russia, the King Frederick William II of Prussia, along with sundry German princes and nobles.

The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens owned by the French aristocrats and the royals

This new exhibit scheduled which will be showcased from October 30 through January 27th is regarded as the first-in-depth survey of the brilliant artistry and engineering of father-and-son team of Abraham and David Roentgen. Out of all the 60 artistic furniture pieces being exhibited, the highlights include:-

Writing Desk

The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens owned by the French aristocrats and the royals

Considered to be the pinnacle of Abraham’s career, a writing desk from 1758-62, boasts rife exterior with depictions of either pastoral landscapes or intricate architectural interiors. The desk’s hidden drawers include a secret niche in the tabernacle to hold a devotional object, and a foldout prayer stool.

Music Box by David Roentgen for Marie Antoinette

Music Box by David Roentgen for Marie Antoinette

This astounding music box in the form of an automation of Marie Antoinette, blond and delicate, playing one of her favorite Gluck melodies on a Dulcimer, was the item that David used to impress the Queen of France.

The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens owned by the French aristocrats and the royals

Some of the other exhibition highlights include the Berlin Secretary cabinet, an eighteenth Century unfolding gaming table (pictured below), the Roentgens’ dressing table, and the famous Roentgens’ shape-shifting Rolltop desk, to name a few.

The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens owned by the French aristocrats and the royals

Via: MetMuseum

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