Unfolding an 18th-century Game Table

Published on 23 Oct 2012 by metmuseum

Japaense translation>

This finely crafted piece of furniture has a secret.


Swing out a leg, adjust an arm, and voilà! Leaves unfold to reveal multiple configurations: a felt surface for card games, a game board for chess or checkers, a desk with a leather writing surface and book rest. Tug at a hidden latch, and a spring-driven backgammon board pops up.


The brainchild of German cabinetmaker David Roentgen (1743–1807), this sophisticated game table once graced the intimate interior of an aristocratic European home. The exquisite piece was not only convenient for entertaining guests, but it was also portable—its legs unscrew so it can easily be packed and moved.


This 3-D animation of the table demonstrates its different configurations and illuminates its concealed features, including drawers for tucking away personal items and compartments for storing game pieces.


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This table is part of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens: http://www.metmuseum.org/en/exhibitions/listings/2012/roentgen

このテーブルは、メトロポリタン美術館の特別展Art’s exhibition Extravagant Inventions:The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens: http://www.metmuseum.org/en/exhibitions/listings/2012/roentgenに出品されています。