Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens (October 30, 2012 to January 27, 2013) (6)
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), October 30, 2012 to January 27, 2013
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Reading and Writing Stand
Abraham Roentgen (German, 1711 - 1793)
Neuwied, Germany (Place created)
about 1760 - 1765
Pine, oak, and walnut veneered with rosewood, alder, palisander, ivory, ebony and mother-of-pearl; gilded metal fittings
77.5 x 72.4 x 48.9 cm (30 1/2 x 28 1/2 x 19 1/4 in.)
When closed, this stand appears to be in the form of a table, yet it extends and opens in a complex manner to serve several functions. The height and angle of the upper section can be raised or lowered to form a reading stand, while narrow drawers pop open from the sides. The lower section has two hinged compartments, each containing eight small drawers.
The stand is covered with a pattern of