Rolltop Desk
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David Roentgen, furniture worker; plaque attributed to Pierre Gouthière, metalworker; some mounts François Rémond, metalworker
German, Neuwied-on-the-Rhine, about 1785
Oak, fir, and Scots pine, veneered with mahogany and maple burl; gilt bronze mounts; steel fittings
66 1/4 x 61 3/8 x 35 3/16 in.

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Made in the Neoclassical style, this monumental rolltop desk is fitted with numerous complicated mechanical devices, the specialty of David Roentgen's workshop. When the writing surface is pulled out, a mechanism automatically withdraws the solid rolltop back into the carcass, displaying the drawers and pigeon holes inside the desk. Behind the large gilt bronze plaque in the middle of the top is a contraption of many parts that moves out and opens at the turn of a key. It contains a folding reading and writing stand with compartments that hold an inkwell and sand pot for use by a person standing at the closed desk.

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Front and drawers open
Front and drawers open