18th century English mahogany secretaire cabinet

//18th century English mahogany secretaire cabinet

18th century English mahogany secretaire cabinet


This fine, sophisticated and well proportioned example of an antique English mahogany secretaire is remarkable for having survived in its original state including all swan neck handles and locks.

Uses: China cabinet, Bookcase, Storage, Desk
Height: 94″ without cartouche
Width: 42″
Depth: 23″
Ca.: 1760


Mid 18th century English mahogany secretaire bookcase/ china cabinet. Circa 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/ china cabinet section with two, thirteen pane, glazed doors with 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 centered by a carved shaped arch.

The base with three cock-beaded drawers, and raised on bracket feet which are faced with blind fret.

This antique is of superb quality, colour and patination, well figured throughout, with mahogany drawer linings – a confirmation of top quality.

A related 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.


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