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Unlocking the Roengten desk

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The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
By train

London Victoria.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.

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Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.

  • The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
  • Thursday, 21 Nov 2019; Thursday, 13 Feb 2020; Thursday, 2 Apr 2020
  • 12:00 and 15:00
  • Free with exhibition ticket or 1-Year Pass

Join us in The Queen's Gallery for a very special demonstration of David Roentgen's mechanical desk and a short talk with Senior Furniture Conservator, Shaun Turner.

This unique novelty mechanical cylinder desk combines the mechanical ingenuity of clock-making with fine cabinet-making. It was conserved for the exhibition, George IV: Art & Spectacle at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace by the conservation team at Royal Collection Trust. The desk was designed and made by David Roentgen, an astute business man, clock-maker and cabinet-maker who was patronised by George IV, Marie Antoinette and Catherine the Great.

Each demonstration will last approximately 15 minutes and will take place at 12:00 and 15:00.

Related exhibition
George IV: Art & Spectacle

A lavish exhibition looking at the monarch's life through the art that enriched his world

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