We’re pleased to introduce to you this very animated version of the mechanical writing table that’s on view—in very still form—in the Large Library of the Huntington Art Gallery.
The GIFs come from a video that is part of a five-part suite of short, silent videos focusing on objects or architectural elements on view in the first-floor period rooms of the Huntington Art Gallery. Each video is installed on iPads in the room where the object is on view.
object info: Jean-François Oeben, Mechanical Writing Table, c. 1755–65. Oak and walnut with kingwood, tulipwood, purplewood, bois satiné, green-stained maple, ebony, holly, maple, Japanese takamaki-e lacquer panel, gilt bronze, iron. Arabella D. Huntington Memorial Art Collection. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.