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.
The 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 antique secretaire chest measures 141 cm high x 72 cm wide x 38 cm deep. That’s equivalent to Height 4 feet, 7 inches x Width 2 feet, 4 inches x Depth 1 foot, 3 inches.
This French Antique secretaire chest is in excellent condition and has been expertly restored in our own workshops by our own craftsmen.
To find out more about this item, or any of our other pieces of fine furniture, please feel free to call our experts on +44 20 8809 9605. When calling please quote item reference 07786.
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The French secretaire chest is offered for sale at just £3250.
This antique French Secretaire Chest can be carefully packed and shipped on request to almost any worldwide destination. Please request a shipping quotation before placing an order. UK mainland shipping is free of charge.
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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