Reading and Writing Stand

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Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S104

Object Details

Title:

Reading and Writing Stand

Artist/Maker(s):

Abraham Roentgen (German, 1711 - 1793)

Culture:

German

Date:

about 1760 - 1765

Medium:

Pine, oak, and walnut veneered with rosewood, alder, palisander, ivory, ebony and mother-of-pearl; gilded metal fittings

Dimensions:

77.5 x 72.4 x 48.9 cm (30 1/2 x 28 1/2 x 19 1/4 in.)

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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 geometric parquetry and inlaid with ivory and mother-of pearl. In the center of the writing surface is the coat-of-arms of Johann Philipp von Walderdorff, Elector and Archbishop of Trier. Walderdorff filled his palace with elegant furniture, commissioning more than twenty pieces from the maker of this stand, Abraham Roentgen.

Exhibitions
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
Bibliography

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 3rd ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1991), p. 185.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 4th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 213.

Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Decorative Arts (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 96, no. 74.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 213.

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