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There were a few choice pieces of furniture in the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  This one was in a room of paintings and sculpture.  This is a Medals Cabinet by David Roentgen (German 1743-1807).  It is oak and mahogany with mahogany veneer, gilded bronze and brass.

The placard at the museum says: “David Roentgen took over his father’s cabinet making shop in 1766.  Known for his inventive designs he developed an international royal clientele, including Louis XVI of France and Catherine the Great of Russia. In the tradition of German furniture, Roentgen’s objects are expertly crafted and well fitted with mechanical devices and secret compartments.

The bold architectural form of this cabinet is typical of Roentgen’s Neoclassical designs, and flat panels and drawer fronts boldly outlined with gilded bronze moldings. What appears to be the base of a fluted column within the central area of the cabinet is actually a pair of doors that opens to reveal a bank of 17 trays for the display of a collection of medals.” (quote copyright Carnegie Museum of Art).

 

ISO 1250, F/4, 1/30 sec, 32 mm Lens

ISO 1250, F/4, 1/30 sec, 32 mm Lens

ISO 1250, F/4, 1/20 sec, 75 mm Lens

ISO 1250, F/4, 1/20 sec, 75 mm Lens

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