Metropolitan Museum of Art Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens. The meteoric rise of the workshop of Abraham Roentgen (1711–1793) and his son David (1743–1807) blazed across eighteenth-century continental Europe. This landmark exhibition will be the first comprehensive survey of the cabinetmaking firm from around 1742 to its closing in the early 1800s.
David Roentgen, cylinder-top desk, c. 1785. Commissioned by the king as a gift for Catherine II this desk features straight lines, geometrical marquetry and minimal use of gilt-bronze, all of which denote the Louis XVI style and the first phase of French Neoclassicism.
A Louis XV gilt-bronze cartel clock, circa 1770 9-inch enamel dial signed Roentgen & Kinzing A Neuwied with winding squares by VIII and X, the movement with numbered outside countwheel, formerly quarter striking on four bells, later escapement, the boldly modelled rococo case composed of leaf and 'C' scrolls inset with leaf-cut frets and with a cresting of a young man playing a flute, his music held by a girl seated nearby beneath a spray of leaves and with trailing flowers on both sides
Charles Glover Barkla 1917 Born: 7 June 1877, Widnes, United Kingdom Died: 23 October 1944, Edinburgh, Scotland Affiliation at the time of the award: Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom Prize motivation: "for his discovery of the characteristic Röntgen radiation of the elements" Field: Atomic physics Charles Glover Barkla received his Nobel Prize one year later, in 1918.