Reading and Writing Stand
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Abraham Roentgen
German, Neuwied, about 1760
Oak veneered with palisander, alder, rosewood, ivory, and mother-of-pearl
2 ft. 6 1/2 in. x 2 ft. 4 1/2 in. x 1 ft. 7 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.

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Coat of arms
Coat of arms

Hidden drawers
Hidden drawers

Marquetry decoration
Marquetry decoration

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Desk  with all drawers open
Desk with all drawers open

Desk  with top section raised
Desk with top section raised