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Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens

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  • 304 pages
  • Full-color illustrations throughout (220 in full color)
  • Clothbound
  • 9 1/2'' x 11 1/2''
  • Hardcover

Description

Description

By Wolfram Koeppe

During the second half of the eighteenth century, the German workshop of Abraham and David Roentgen was among Europe's most successful cabinetmaking enterprises. The Roentgens' pieces combined innovative designs with intriguing mechanical devices that revolutionized traditional types of European furniture. An important key to their success was the pairing of the skilled craftsman Abraham with his brashly entrepreneurial son David, whose clients included Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette of France as well as Catherine the Great of Russia. This landmark publication is the first comprehensive survey, in nearly four decades, of the firm from its founding in about 1742 to its closing in the late 1790s.

The Roentgen workshop perfected the practice of adapting prefabricated elements according to the specifications of the customers. Detailed discussions of these extraordinary pieces are complemented by illustrations showing them in their contemporary interiors, design drawings, portraits, and previously unpublished historical documents from the Roentgen estate. This fascinating book provides an essential contribution to the study of European furniture.

304 pages, full-color illustrations throughout (220 in full color). 9 1/2'' x 11 1/2''. Hardcover, clothbound.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

More important, the book, by Mr. Koeppe and other international scholars, puts this art in a radically new perspective...Should you miss the show, do not ignore a book that lays the foundation of a new approach to the decorative arts as part of a cultural process.
The New York Times

With a catalogue that provides the first scholarly treatment of the subject in English in more than 30 years, it promises to be one of the most significant furniture exhibitions of the decade.
Country Life

More important, the book, by Mr. Koeppe and other international scholars, puts this art in a radically new perspective do not ignore a book that lays the foundation of a new approach to the decorative arts as part of a cultural process.
International Herald Tribune

This resplendent catalogue of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts exhibition is worthy of its subject... impressive essays on the Roentgens, their working methods, and their world... the fascinating story is at once artistic, social and spiritual.
The Magazine Antiques

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