Dec 13, 2012

Transformers! More Than Meets the Eye

 Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens

"The meteroric rise of the workshop of Abraham Roentgen (1711-1793) and his son David (1743-1807) blazed across eighteenth century continental Europe." source: The Met Museum

Here are some extravagantly ornate, yet extremely functional examples of the Roentgens' amazing creations.

I smiled while fantasizing about the conversations, cocktails, and competition I would have around this table. Who is up for a game of Spades?

It's all very go go gadget. I wonder what secrets were kept in the hidden compartments.

Just an exquisite piece. There is a place for everything. It must have been divine to tend to daily tasks, both business and pleasure, on this piece of furniture. Gag on the desk's final transformation and function which helped its owner put everything in perspective.

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1 comment:

Reneé said...

Those are awesome. If you were a person of luxury temporarily confined to a smaller space, that kind of thing would have been fabulous until you got back on your feet.