18th century mahogany secretaire bookcase china cabinet


A fine, sophisticated and well-proportioned example of an 18th century English mahogany secretaire. In its original state.
Of superb quality, colour, patination, and well figured throughout.

May be used as a china cabinet, bookcase, storage and/ or desk.


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A fine English mahogany secretaire / secretary / bookcase / china cabinet.
Of lovely rich colour, patina and quality.
George III period, ca. 1760.

The bold, detachable swan-neck pediment carved with ‘Gothic’ open fretwork, spiral rosettes and a dentil cornice.
The pediment is centred by a small platform below which is a fluted panel. The bookcase / cabinet section with two, thirteen-pane glazed doors, and three original adjustable shelves with applied beadings for the display of china.

The base with a pull-out writing section fitted with small drawers, two of which have secret releases. These secret drawers are faced with blind-fret Gothic tracery, and centred with a carved shaped arch.
The base with three cockbeaded drawers, and raised on bracket feet which are faced with blind fret.

This fine, sophisticated and well proportioned Georgian secretaire / secretary / cabinet / desk / bookcase is remarkable for having survived in its original state, including all swan-neck handles and locks.
Superb quality, colour, patination, well figured throughout, and with mahogany drawer linings; further confirmation of its quality.

A related antique bureau cabinet, formerly with Messrs. Hotspur, London, was sold at Christies, ‘Important English Furniture’, 6th July 2000, lot 150.

A similar secretaire bookcase formerly with French & Co. New York, is illustrated in F. Lewis Hinckley, ‘Metropolitan Furniture of the Georgian years’ (1988) p. 138, illustr. 212.

42″ wide
23″ deep
94″ high (without cartouche)

Ref. BHA 962.