See Why This 200-Year-Old Desk Is Completely Magical

Even after 200 years, this is completely mind-boggling.

Europe in the 18th century saw some of the greatest furniture makers to ever walk the Earth. Among its most celebrated were Germany's Abraham Roentgen (1711 – 1793) and his son David (1743 – 1807).

The writing cabinet you're about to see features some of the most intriguing aspects of the Roentgens' work. A Roentgen desk is like a funhouse: the inclusion of hidden mechanisms, triggers, and concealed buttons that reveal secret compartments are feats of engineering that, to this day, remain arguably unrivaled in their innovation. The Met Museum describes it as

"crowned with a chiming clock, it features finely designed marquetry panels and elaborate mechanisms that allow for doors and drawers to be opened automatically at the touch of a button. Owned by King Frederick William II, the Berlin cabinet is uniquely remarkable for its ornate decoration, mechanical complexity, and sheer size."

The video/gifs are from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art's YouTube channel and stem from a 2012-2013 exhibition of Roentgen furniture. 


A key releases an automatic hinged drawer.

Pushing a button reveals hidden drawers.

Even the drawers have drawers.

A strong box for documents, cash, and valuables is secreted away.

But those are just SOME of the features. Watch the video below to see more.

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