Antique French Vernis Martin & Parquetry Secretaire C1880
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This is an antique French Vernis Martin rosewood and kingwood bombe shaped secretaire cabinet dating from around 1880.
The fall front of this antique secretaire is decorated with a vignette of a courting couple set within an extravagant ormolu border. The front opens to reveal a beautiful satinwood interior including three drawers together with an open cupboard and a very attractive black leather gold-tooled writing surface.
By way of storage, the antique French secretaire also features a beautifully shaped marble top and has houses three full width drawers to provide plenty of spacious storage capacity.
The sides of the secretaire cabinet have delicate and attractive parquetry decoration. The chest stands on truly elegant splayed legs, each terminating with gilded ormolu sabots.
This French Antique secretaire chest is in excellent condition and has been expertly restored in our own workshops by our own craftsmen. Please take a close look at the images provided to satisfy yourself of this or, better still, visit our north London showroom and see for yourself.
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Shipping, Delivery and Return
This is a very fine antique secretaire and it requires careful packing and shipping to ensure it arrives at its destination in the same superb condition it was in when it left. We can ship this antique secretaire to any destination worldwide and will take care of the packing for you, but please do call or email for a quotation before purchasing the item so that we can fully discuss your requirements. We ship to any mainland UK address free of charge.
If you are not satisfied with the item we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this French secretaire, unless we have erroneously described the item in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return the item in its original packaging and condition.
You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 141 x Width 72 x Depth 38
Dimensions in inches:
Height 4 feet, 7 inches x Width 2 feet, 4 inches x Depth 1 foot, 3 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.
Our reference: 07786
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