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David Linley, Chairman, Christie's, UK
Charles Cator, Deputy Chairman, Christie's International
Introduction by Wolfram Koeppe, Marina Kellen French Curator, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, MMA
David Roentgen (1743–1807) was known throughout Europe for his inventive and ingenious mechanical furniture, which found favor in the courts of France and Russia through the patronage of Marie Antoinette and Catherine the Great respectively. He was also famed for pioneering a new method of marquetry, created to give the impression of pietra dura. To mark the occasion of an extensive exhibition of Roentgen's work, David Linley will share personal insights into Roentgen's influence on his own furniture designs and his enduring influence on furniture makers today. Charles Cator will examine the collectors' market for Roentgen from his rediscovery in the nineteenth century to today.
This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens, on view October 30, 2012–January 27, 2013.
Above: Photo of David Linley
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