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This gorgeous secretaire is made of beautiful burr walnut which has a wonderful colour and patina. The contrasts in the wood create a unique and breathtaking effect.
There is a secret a cushion moulded drawer in the frieze above the crossbanded quarter veneered fall front which drops down to reveal a leathered writing surface that can be raised to present an angled writing slope.
It also reveals a fantastic interior with ten small drawers and a cupboard, the cupboard door opens to reveal four further drawers.
The three sets of pigeon holes above the drawers each slide out to reveal a secret drawer.
There is a further secret drawer inside the secretaire.
The base has two half width and two full width drawers which are capacious and useful.
It is outlined throughout with decorative herringbone stringing, brass drop and bat shaped handles and stands on bun feet, so typical of the Queen Anne Period.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 174 x Width 110 x Depth 52
Dimensions in inches:
Height 5 feet, 8 inches x Width 3 feet, 7 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 inches
The Walnut woods are probably the most recognisable and popular of all the exotic woods, having been used in furniture making for many centuries. Walnut veneer was highly priced and the cost would reflect the ‘fanciness’ of the veneer – the more decorative, then the more expensive and desirable.
Figured Walnut and Burr Walnut (often referred to as Burl Walnut) were considered as the most attractive varieties of Walnut. Burr Walnut veneer was taken from the specific part of the tree where ‘growths’ sprouting smaller branches and/ or roots would occur. As these ‘growth’ areas were limited in both occurrence and size, larger veneers were hard to source and often on bigger furniture (tables, desks, bureaus, cabinets etc), these veneers would have to be carefully joined by matching up the pieces or blending them together.
Our reference: 06671
318 Green Lanes