Antique French Gilt Bronze Mounted Marquetry Secrétaire en Armoire
Antique French Gilt Bronze Mounted Marquetry Secrétaire en Armoire
Antique French Gilt Bronze Mounted Marquetry Secrétaire en Armoire
Antique French Gilt Bronze Mounted Marquetry Secrétaire en Armoire
Antique French Gilt Bronze Mounted Marquetry Secrétaire en Armoire
Antique French Gilt Bronze Mounted Marquetry Secrétaire en Armoire
Antique French Gilt Bronze Mounted Marquetry Secrétaire en Armoire
Antique French Gilt Bronze Mounted Marquetry Secrétaire en Armoire
Antique French Gilt Bronze Mounted Marquetry Secrétaire en Armoire

In the manner of JEAN-HENRI RIESENER (1735-1806)

Antique French Gilt Bronze Mounted Marquetry Secrétaire en Armoire

1900 to 1925 France

Offered by Mayfair Gallery Ltd.

£35,000 gbp
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This fine antique secrétaire displays exceptional attention to detail, with exquisite marquetry detailing and gilt bronze mounts. The marquetry work is especially vibrant and is used to create impressive scenes of nature incorporating trees, plants, birds, cranes and fish. The secrétaire incorporates a drop front, converting its use as a cabinet to a writing a desk, and features a veined white marble top above a gilt bronze-mounted frieze. The drop front panel opens to reveal nine drawers, each with sumptuous parquetry detailing and two open shelves. The two doors at the bottom of the piece open to reveal a storage compartment with one shelf.

This secrétaire takes inspiration from the model commissioned by Queen Marie Antoniette for the Versailles palace. The original piece was crafted in 1783 by the French cabinet maker Jean Henri Riesener (French, 1735-1806). In 1920 the Riesener secrétaire was bequeathed by the American philanthropist William Kissam Vanderbilt I to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where it now resides (accession number: 20.155.11).
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Dimensions
Height 152.00 cm (59.84 inches)
Width 118.00 cm (46.46 inches)
Depth 58.00 cm (22.83 inches)
Stock Code
14936
Medium
Marble, marquetry, ormolu, wood
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