New York furniture show

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Blog entry by Karson posted 11-09-2012 03:40 PM 5893 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a notification of this show. (No pictures)

Metropolitan of Art Web Site

If you click on the exhibitions link toward the top you can see some of their pieces.

Exhibit at the Met: cabinet makers of the 18th century

Roentgens used Caribbean mahogany, cherry and walnut to build furniture with moving and hidden parts.

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is now exhibiting a collection of furniture by German cabinetmakers of the 18th century, according to the New York Times online.

Abraham Roentgen and his son David crafted dressing tables, clocks and writing desks for Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Pope Pius VI, Catherine the Great and other nobles of Europe.

Using Caribbean mahogany, cherry and walnut, they decorated their pieces with embedded bits of wood or ivory to create chinoiserie and allegorical scenes. But what they were most renowned for was their use of secret drawers, moving parts and hidden music boxes, sometimes opened by the push of a button.

The exhibit, “Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens,” was organized by Wolfram Koeppe, the Marina Kellen French curator in the museum’s Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.
“They were more than cabinetmakers,” he told the New York Times. “They were artisans, they were designers, and David, especially, was a business genius.”

The son, according to Koeppe, was a clever salesman. He would work his way in to introduce himself to the nobles of France and Germany, then show them pieces that appealed to their tastes. Even Catherine the Great has a piece by the team, a writing desk with a knob in the shape of her favorite dog.

The show is on display until January 27.

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#1 posted 11-09-2012 04:36 PM

enjoyed what you wrote, i wish i could go, i would love to see what is there, are you able to go….i doubt they will let you take pictures, but maybe if your able to go, you can take mental notes and describe what you saw, hey it would be better then nothing…and im even showing faith in your mental abilities…lol…....thanks karson.

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#2 posted 11-09-2012 05:27 PM

wow Karson, that looks like a do-not-miss-it show for you New Englanders. If I was anywhere close I would enjoy seeing this collection and hearing the lectures. Maybe after all of the Sandy clean up is done for you folks up there, when the power is on, and you have gasoline again and things are more back to normal.

I’ve not heard of this family of craftsmen before, glad to have been alerted to the work, thanks for posting about it.


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