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January 3, 2018 4:49 PM   Subscribe

Unlocking an 18th-century French Mechanical Table: The 1st of 14 videos about Eighteenth-Century Mechanical Furniture and Automata. This is one of the many playlists of the Getty Museum Youtube Channel. posted by growabrain (10 comments total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
Oh wow, thank you for this!
posted by Lizard at 5:14 PM on January 3, 2018 [1 favorite]

I like the gaming table.
posted by fings at 5:46 PM on January 3, 2018 [3 favorites]

I'm getting some classic Sierra point and click pc game vibes from this animation and sound effects
posted by Think_Long at 6:07 PM on January 3, 2018 [2 favorites]

Oh man I covet that gaming table.
posted by Wretch729 at 6:26 PM on January 3, 2018

Did milord require the maker of the Berlin Secretary Cabinet to commit ritual suicide at the finish to preserve the secret of the hidden strongbox?
posted by oheso at 7:51 PM on January 3, 2018

More 18th C furniture fun in this previously. First link is temporarily down.
posted by zamboni at 9:12 PM on January 3, 2018

I was at the Getty last week. I wish that I had seen this first.

On a related note, for all MeFites who might go to the Getty soon, the exhibit on illuminated manuscripts is small but well done. If you ask the security person in the room, they may let you use a big magnifying glass to view the works.
posted by dfm500 at 9:20 PM on January 3, 2018 [1 favorite]

The door is a jar.
posted by bongo_x at 12:03 AM on January 4, 2018 [1 favorite]

Cool stuff. The French table mechanism reminds me of the late-1940's Campagnolo gear change technology that used similar toothed tracks. Cambio Corsa, Paris-Roubaix.
posted by jetsetsc at 12:44 PM on January 4, 2018

Thank you for this! I'm drooling over that Berlin Secretary Cabinet. If it belonged to me I'd put it in my secret room at the end of a secret passageway behind the totally innocuous bookcase in my imposingly wood-paneled study.

If only I actually had a secret to keep!
posted by lollymccatburglar at 7:55 PM on January 4, 2018 [1 favorite]

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