Exquisite French Empire Secretary Desk Abattant, 19th Century(413 views)
VERY FINE EMPIRE DORE BRONZE SECRETAIRE ABATTANT
France, Early 19th Century
Item # 409LVP13
A positively exceptional work from the first quarter of the 19th Century, this fine secretary desk exhibits the best of the period. The carefully selected and matched flamed mahogany veneers have mellowed to a warm cognac hue throughout, the deep patina in all surfaces fully developed from regular waxing and polishing over the centuries. The fall front is a framed bevelled mirror, this lowering over original hinges to reveal a handsomely fitted interior with small drawers under an arched void - the drawers are hand dovetailed with precise little joints and retain original brass knobs. The writing surface is a very early and well worn gilt tooled leather. Of particularly fine quality are the ormolu bronze mounts throughout, these cast with precision and hand tooled into beautiful emblematic displays. The stamped brass rings at the cap and foot of each pillar are of incredible detail, the tiniest impressions retained perfectly in this soft metal. The craftsmanship is exquisite throughout the piece, the back of the case constructed with oak panels set in grooves of the frame, the tongue-in-groove joinery of the sides apparent along the edges; the lower half of the case is joined with large dovetails at the waist and lower shelf. The top of the case is constructed in a similar manner with a series of dovetails joining each portion of the upper frame into the large oak corners. For the collector demanding excellence in their furnishings, this is an infrequently found and highly desirable work in simply outstanding condition.
Replaced white Carrara marble top in excellent condition. Retains original working key for fall front (no key available for drawer). Small veneer loss to left side of case. Sun bleaching to surfaces throughout. Minor abrasions and scars to surface, most of these being nicely oxidized under many layers of later waxing. Early leather with significant wear. Replaced blocking under apron, the back feet at least partially replaced, some molding around rear posts replaced - other minor repairs and veneer patches. Overall in exceptional presentation ready condition with the typical use indicators and wear expected in an antique.
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Notes: $345 freight shipping to most locations in the Continental U.S by common freight carrier with a delivery timeline of 10-15 business days (west coast up to 20 business days). Quotes do not include lift-gate service, which is recommended for weights over 150lbs - lift gate service is available upon request for an additional $65. White glove delivery service quotes are available by contacting email@example.com or calling the shop at (717) 658-8274. Please review all shipping notes for details and exceptions. (Shipping code 450)
Dimensions: 52 3/8" H x 15 1/4" D x 30" W
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Damage is incredibly rare and due to very careful packing and preparation we have been fortunate to see only a small handful of damages. However, we understand the disappointment that can occur in this unlikely event and will work hard to help you through the situation.
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