Pierre Desloges' Dining Table


Pierre Desloges


Dining table and chairs


Advanced knowledge of sign language


Permanent deafness


Sitting on chair placed near table

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Ovoid Quarantine





Date of Collection



Origin[edit | edit source]

Born in 1747 in the Touraine region of France, Pierre Desloges moved to Paris as a young man, where he became a bookbinder and upholsterer. He was deafened at age seven from smallpox, but did not learn to sign until he was 27, when he was taught by a deaf Italian.

In 1779, he wrote what may be the first book published by a deaf person, in which he advocated for the use of sign language in deaf education. It was in part a rebuttal of the views of Abbé Claude-François Deschamps de Champloiseau, who had published a book arguing against the use of signs.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Sitting on a chair while it is positioned at the table renders the victim permanently deaf, although it grants them a thorough understanding on sign language. Standing near the table or sitting on a chair away from it has no permanent effects, although sounds may become muffled few a few hours. Neutralization has so far had no effect on the artifact or its victims.

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