Unfolding an 18th-century Game Table


The 3-D animation demonstrates the table in different configurations and reveals its concealed features.

Swing out a leg, adjust an arm, and voilà! Leaves unfold to reveal multiple configurations: a felt surface for card games, a game board for chess or checkers, a desk with a leather writing surface and book rest. Tug at a hidden latch, and a spring-driven backgammon board pops up.

The brainchild of German cabinetmaker David Roentgen (1743–1807), this sophisticated Game table once graced the intimate interior of an aristocratic European home. The exquisite piece was not only convenient for entertaining guests, but it was also portable—its legs unscrew so it can easily be packed and moved.


Produced for The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens in 2012.

Custom interactive video player app running on iPad; video also available online.

Director: Paco Link
Producer: Rachel Rothbaum
3-D Animator: Piotr Kaczmarek
Production Coordinator: Staci Hou