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Art

Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens

When

Oct 30, 2012 – Jan 27, 2013

Daily

Where

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Venue Partner)

1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St

212.535.7710

Directions: Main Building: Take the 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street and walk to Fifth Avenue; OR take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus along Fifth Avenue. The Cloisters: Take the A train to 190th Street and walk, or transfer to the M4 bus and ride north one stop.

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Free with museum admission

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art says…

The meteoric rise of the workshop of Abraham Roentgen (1711-1793) and his son David (1743-1807) is the most spectacular chapter in the history of innovative 18th–century Continental furniture-making. This landmark exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of the cabinetmaking firm from around 1742 to its closing in the early 1800s. Their original designs, combined with their use of intriguing mechanical devices, revolutionized traditional French and English furniture types. From its base in Germany, the workshop employed novel marketing and production techniques to cater to an international clientele. Some 60 pieces of furniture and several clocks are complemented by paintings and prints that depict these unrivaled masterpieces in contemporary interiors. The most complicated mechanical devices are illustrated through virtual animations. Working drawings, portraits of the cabinetmakers, their family, and important patrons, as well as a series of documents owned by the Met Museum and originating from the Roentgen estate, underline the long-overlooked significance and legacy of the Roentgens as Europe’s principal cabinetmakers of the ancien régime.