The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens
While you are in New York for the Traditional Home Holiday Show (see our blog) another great Exhibit to see is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens” from October 30 through January 27th.
David Roentgen, was Germany’s greatest cabinetmaker. He catered to an influential crowd; Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI, Pope Pius VI and Catherine the Great.
Luxury lovers were awed by the painterly use of exotic woods, as well as drawers that magically appeared and disappeared, thanks to hidden releases.
These flashy feats of engineering coupled with superior workmanship turned craftsmen into superstars with a royal following.