A Secretaire à Abattant in the Louis XVI taste, last quarter of the 19th Century

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A Secretaire à Abattant in the Louis XVI taste, last quarter of the 19th Century

14,785.00

This antique French Secretaire a Battant is of desirable compact size and has recently undergone museum quality refurbishment. The unit comprises of four full width vertically stacked drawers all with raised gilt perimeter mouldings and with intricate inlays of brass tracery with ivory and Mother of Pearl floral inlays. Between the first and second drawers is a drop down panel embellished in a similar manner to the drawers but more profusely with the inclusion of 'carved bone' classic urns and birds etc. When opened the drop down panel has a reverse side featuring an inset original tooled velvet writing surface with a Rosewood border and a lovely chased lock. The cabinet interior once revealed has an open shelf with a bank of Rosewood and Oak lined drawers with amboyna ogee shaped drawer fronts separated by contrasting kingwood vertical edge crossbanding to the shelves separating the drawers .

The cabinet has a shaped and inset white marble top. Other embellishments include multiple gilt decorative perimeter mouldings around the cabinet,applied female and foliate mouldings top and bottom of the full height cantered front corners while the sides have panels formed by two parallel rows of line inlays. The whole upon a shaped plinth base with short turned feet once again embellished with gilt collar mounts.

W: 78cm    D: 42cm    H: 141cm

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