Commode with representations from the Commedia dell’Arte


David Roentgen, Januarius Zick

Neuwied, c. 1780

Oak, spruce, maple, boxwood, mahogany, walnut, mother of pearl, gilt bronze, marble

H. 88 cm

From the possession of the Grand Ducal House of Sachsen-Anhalt-Dessau. Acquired from the collection of Fritz Thyssen – Bequest of Countess Anita Zichy-Thyssen 1990

Inv. No. 90/307

Gallery 94


Baroque and Rococo


David Roentgen was the most famous German cabinetmaker of the 18th century. His Neuwied furniture factory supplied all European courts between Paris, Berlin and St Petersburg. Roentgen even opened a show-room in the highly competitive environment of the French capital. His classicist furniture was greatly admired for its sophisticated mechanical features and ornate marquetry designs composed of precious wood veneers. The front of this commode exhibits a scene from the Commedia dell'Arte with spectators in theatre boxes on the left and right door. On the side panels, musicians are depicted rehearsing.

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