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This exceptional Secrétaire à Abattant is based upon an important eighteenth century model in the Wallace Collection, London (Wallace Collection No. F305).
The cabinet is of Louis XVI style with a brocatelle violette d'Espagne marble top above a finely cast gilt-bronze lambrequin and drapery border and a frieze drawer. Below is a fall front inlaid with marquetry fleur de lys trellis and centred by a fine Sèvres style porcelain plaque depicting a farmyard scene framed by green borders with gilt tooled Vitruvian scrolls.
The fall front opens to a gilt-tooled leather writing surface embossed with the royal Bourbon seal. The cabinet has a fitted interior with an exceptional stained fruitwood capriccio depicting a figure in architectural ruins in the manner of Panini or Piranesi and flanked by an arrangement of drawers, including a long pen drawer, with integral gilt-bronze and brass inkwell and sand shaker.
The cabinet is raised on a stand fitted with a frieze drawer on fluted and reeded legs united by a galleried undertier.
Savill, R., The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, London: The Trustees of the Wallace Collection, II, 1988.
|Height||151.00 cm||(59.45 inches)|
|Width||79.00 cm||(31.10 inches)|
|Depth||44.00 cm||(17.32 inches)|