One of the finest achievements of European furniture making, this cabinet is the most important product from Abraham (1711-1793) and David Roentgen’s (1743-1807) workshop. A writing cabinet crowned with a chiming clock, it features finely designed marquetry panels and elaborate mechanisms that allow for doors and drawers to be opened automatically at the touch of a button. Owned by King Frederick William II, the Berlin cabinet is uniquely remarkable for its ornate decoration, mechanical complexity, and sheer size.

This cabinet is from Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens. 



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07/28/2016 7:58pm

The Roentgens’ Berlin Secretary Cabinet is indeed fine. The craftsmanship is exquisite. This writing cabinet seems well preserved as there seems to be no trace of wood decay or dust. I have seen this being featured in the television once. I recall hearing something about this furniture having several hidden compartments even.

06/27/2016 3:12am

Great ! the old interior design worth more than any other recent deign material. The desk although have the old existence but still worthy and shiny. The auction held to sold this type products. The piece is the unique and best piece from the workshop.

07/20/2016 3:43pm

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The higher amount of effort was involved in the work of those time persons. They work harder than the today’s engineers. The video is so great and reveals the many hidden things in designing of that desk. The draw and books outer portion is so nicely designed in that desk.


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