Reading and Writing Stand

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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 × 72.4 × 48.9 cm (30 1/2 × 28 1/2 × 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.

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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