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Mechanical table

c.1755

English Heritage

English Heritage

Through the working of intricate mechanisms, a set of covered shelves emerges from this flat-topped table. The shelves in turn contain enclosed side compartments, lined with blue silk damask. The sophistication of the mechanism, twinned with the fine marquetry, shows that Oeben was both a talented mechanic and a master craftsman. The table was given to Julius Wernher in 1874 as a gift from his mentor, Jules Porgès.

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  • Title: Mechanical table
  • Date Created: c.1755
  • Location: Ranger's House
  • Location Created: Paris
  • Provenance: The Wernher Foundation
  • Type: Furniture
  • Original Source: RANGER'S HOUSE - THE WERNHER COLLECTION
  • Rights: English Heritage
  • Medium: Oak veneered with purple-wood, tulipwood marquetry
  • Maker: Jean-Francois Oeben

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