July 11, 2014

The Amazing Antique Roentgen Desk


David Roentgen, of Germany, 
designed and built this Berlin secretary cabinet in 1779.
It is considered to be his greatest work, filled with 
secret compartments and clever mechanical features.
Ornately decorated with marquetry panels and gilding, it is  
one of the most expensive pieces of furniture ever built. 
Once owned by King Frederick William II of Prussia, it is now 
on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY.

Get ready to be awestruck when you watch this video! 

How about this for a materials list?
Oak, Pine, Walnut, Mahogany, Cherry and Cedar.
Veneered with Curly Maple, Burl Maple and Mahogany.
Marquetry in Maple, Hornbeam, Apple, Walnut, Mulberry, Tulipwood and Rosewood.
Plus Ivory, Mother-of-pearl, Gilt Bronze, Brass, Steel, Iron and Silk.

Visit the The Metropolitan Museum of Art website.

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