The Secrets Within
Learn some of the secrets within Silas Kopf's cabinet, where all is not as it seems.
Fascinated by Abraham and David Roentgen, the renowned 18th-century father-and-son cabinetmakers who elevated their furniture with masterful marquetry and ingenious inner workings, Silas Kopf packed his cabinet with secret compartments. Kopf gave us a tour of the compartments—though not quite all of them; he’s saving one or two to reveal only to the owner. If you’re anywhere near New York City and you’d like to see the amazing original pieces that inspired Kopf—not to mention Catherine the Great, Marie Antoinette, and assorted other royals who bought Roentgen cabinets—you’re in luck. New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will present some 60 pieces in “Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens” from Oct. 30, 2012, until Jan. 27, 2013.
Storage behind the skirt. Tug on the right half of what appears to be the cabinet’s skirt and out slides a double compartment that’s hinged and hooked together.