Oval table

Attributed to David Roentgen, Master in 1780
ca. 1780-1790
Oak veneered with maple, tulipwood and holly; chased gilt bronze
Inv. CAM 130
© MAD, Paris / photo: Jean Tholance

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Marquetry decoration of flowers tied with ribbons. A central drawer forms a writing table; two side compartments open to reveal hidden drawers that open with a spring mechanism. David Roentgen, cabinetmaker and mechanical engineer to the King and Queen, was renowned for his precision mechanics and delicate marquetry decoration.