The Roentgens’ Rolltop Desk

Published on 25 Oct 2012 by metmuseum

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Watch as this desk’s hidden features are revealed.

The richly embellished surface of this rolltop desk conceal a wealth of mechanical surprises and features, including a spectacular arrangement of almost forty compartments and drawers. Abraham (1711–1793) and David Roentgen (1743–1807) designed this table not just for writing and reading but also to function as a dressing table, or poudreuse.


This table is from Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens, Washington DC, and is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens:

ワシントンDCのヒルウッドエステイト、美術館、庭園が所蔵しています。現在、メトロポリタン美術館の特別展Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgensに出展されています。

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