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Antique Biedermeier German Secretaire Chest c.1830

antique Biedermeier secretaire chest | Ref. no. 05503 | Regent Antiques Sold

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This is a grand and imposing piece, an antique Biedermeier secretaire chest, or ‘secretaire a abbatant’, meaning a drop-leaf desk. It is German, from the height of the Biedermeier period, crafted from flame mahogany and dates from around 1830.

Among the many striking features of this antique Biedermeier secretaire chest is its striking architectural design, so typical of pieces from the period. The secretaire is flame veneered, with a cushion frieze drawer above a gilt tooled leather-lined fall. Inside there is an arrangement of seven rosewood drawers and a cupboard, above two full-width drawers, flanked by a pair of solid mahogany Corinthian columns.

This antique Biedermeier secretaire chest, so distinctive, beautifully crafted and full of hidden surprises will surely be the focus of lively conversation.

Condition Of This Antique Biedermeier Secretaire Chest

This antique Biedermeier secretaire chest is in a superb condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops. This can easily be seen in the photos we have included in our picture set. Please take a few minutes to take a look at them and satisfy yourself of this.

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Dimensions in cm:

Height 156 x Width 112 x Depth 61

Dimensions in inches:

Height 5 feet, 1 inch x Width 3 feet, 8 inches x Depth 2 feet, 0 inches

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

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