Friday, January 1, 1971

David Roentgen (1743-1809)

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David Roentgen
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David Roentgen (1743-1809), a famous German Cabinetmaker.
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From 1764 onwards, he worked as a partner of his father, Abraham Roentgen, who soon handed over the managment of the business to him. He succeeded his father in 1772.
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He carried out estensive promotional tours. In preparation, he went to Paris during the month of August 1774 on a study trip; During the nest five years, he producerd a series of masterpieces that mark the height of his career from the artistic point of view. He then returned to France in hope of making his talents known there. Behind him arrived carts laden with precious furniture. The most outstanding piece was a monumental sécretaire made for Louis XVI. The Queen also purchased a number of exceptionally fine pieces of furniture from him. He specialised in furniture with mechanisms and luxurious items items embellished with floral marquetry.
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In addition, he organised of his works that aroused great enthusiam. He finally achieved his goal. He delivered to Prince Charles de Laurraine, Governor of the Netherlands, a marvellous sécretaire similar to the one of the of France.
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Most of his works have remained in Germany. The former Royal Furniture Repository of Prussia owns a notable collection, kept in the Mon Bijou Pavilion and the Potsdam Castle.
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Comte François de Salverte, Les ébénistes du XVIIIe siècle, Nobele, paris, 1965