Demonstration of the Roentgens’ Dressing Table (Poudreuse)

Words appear: “Extravagant Inventions. The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens.”
“Dressing Table Demonstration” A dressing table features marquetry – veneers intricately inset with different types of wood to form floral patterns and images. Gold colored accents embellish the table’s feet and handles. Wearing white gloves, an attendant demonstrates the table’s features. He pulls down a large panel covering one side, then uses a key to unlock a boxy section concealed underneath. The box swivels out. A decorative hook on top opens the lid. Inside, a deep tray lifts out. At the bottom, a little oblong compartment swings open. In the back of the box, two small drawers pull out. The attendant pulls on the table’s central drawer and swings out short support arms from the sides. On one side of the drawer, a long, narrow compartment swivels out. The attendant then unfolds the panels on top of the central drawer, resting the expanded width on the support arms. A rectangular section of green velvet covers the panels. In one piece, the velvet-covered panels flip up, exposing the space underneath. Several small compartments slide together. Words appear next to a view of the dressing table with all its sections in place for a sleek look: Dressing Table (poudreusse)
Abraham and David Roentgen
Date: 1769
Museum für Angewandte Kunst
Accession Number: 13877 Produced by:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Object demonstration by:
Christian Dressen Copyright 2012 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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33 Responses

  1. Can Weng says:


  2. tytugithydehb says:

    fine, fine, very good then. Now, how much you want for it?

  3. MrPisster says:

    I love history and wonder about why they would need so many tiny drawers and what was kept in them. Obviously sitting here in my t-shirt, shorts and flipflops we don't dress the way they did then, but I'd like to understand more about the daily life of those in the past.

  4. Pynaegan says:

    Not worried about the price….I'll take three of them.

  5. Greg Olsen says:

    We are getting dumber as a whole. The true geniuses were from the past. Amazing!

  6. Greg Olsen says:

    We are getting dumber as a whole. The true geniuses were from the past. Amazing!

  7. виталий сад says:

    Это у тебя работа такая – открывать и закрывать шкапчик?

  8. ImKeyser_Söze says:

    Wow, totally impractical.  Particularly the top drawer compartment concealed by the felt top pieces.  I bet this thing would cost 200,000, maybe more, it's probably priceless if it's the only of it's kind.

  9. Fry Guy says:

    its like the Swiss army knife of tables

  10. jpsplat says:

    dude had a nice table

  11. Alkinoow123 says:

    Could I buy furniture like this, and how?

  12. 3815utah says:

    We can make it, the problem is among those who would like it, who's got the money…

  13. dlwatib says:

    Seems to be too complicated and delicate to be truly functional. If you put anything weighty in one of those large swing-out or slide-out compartments the entire desk might fall over on top of you. It looks dangerously unbalanced when opened.

    I wonder what the right hand side holds. Surely it's not just wasted space.

    The museum has labeled it a poudreuse (vanity) but it also appears to incorporate the features of a secretary, or writing desk. I imagine that the long narrow swing-out drawer is intended to hold pens.

  14. Go Man says:

    how much for this?

  15. Justin Gutierrez says:

    love this

  16. Jess Hull says:

    I bet this was very functional back when men and women wore all kinds of crazy makeup and wigs and ornate clothing

  17. Laetitia Artabo-d'Etiolles says:


  18. Dark Helmet says:

    Older than the USA. and im mostly impressed it's survived.

  19. Sylvie CHARLOT says:

    vraiment mille mercis -au grand chateau –

  20. SkinheadBrian von R says:

    +The Met : i don't understand why this video is (so obviously) cut short. it IS referred to, in your own title, as a "dressing table" and yet, virtually nothing in that respect is shown — apart from the incidental view of the mirror, which is neither spotlighted (like the writing surface), nor is it even touched, let alone raised as it should be, to make a dressing table a dressing table. we were shown how this table transforms into a desk, NOT how it transforms into a DRESSING TABLE.

    the other Met videos i've seen are complete & wonderful & show the objects to their fullest glory. but this one falls amazingly short of that.

    where is the REST of this video?!

  21. L. J. Bush says:

    The furniture is really elaborate and neat.

  22. Gunship says:

    But who wants to fart around with all that, very inefficient

  23. Norman Zurich says:

    The magnificent of french art <3 <3 <3

  24. NELSON X says:

    It turns into 14,000 cubic feet of storage.

  25. Nathaniel Bowler says:

    33 people prefer Ikea

  26. little lady says:

    For a little thing, it sure has a lot of storage and compartments.

  27. Jeffrey Verspaget says:

    Beautiful I love it gr Jeffrey 🍀🌞☕😘🌴

  28. The Denisse says:

    Table from the past : compartments for everything
    Table from ikea: a block

  29. Linda McLean says:



    Why is this video mute!?

  31. nepalartshop nepalmade says:

    ohu fantastic tables unique for home decor

  32. Maira D Fernandez says:


  33. John Byrne says:

    looks like an egyptian reproduction

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