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18th Century English Walnut Cottage Secretary
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
This is a spectacular early 18th century English walnut secretary or bureau cottage bookcase. The top section has a shaped cornice over two mirrored doors opening to reveal interior ...
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Antique Early 18th Century English George I Secretaires

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Brass

  • 18th Century English Walnut Cottage Secretary
  • 18th Century English Walnut Cottage Secretary
  • 18th Century English Walnut Cottage Secretary
  • 18th Century English Walnut Cottage Secretary
H 72.75 in. W 39.25 in. D 22.25 in.
18th Century Catalan Drop-Front Oak Secretary Desk or Abattant, Spain
Located in Miami, FL
Secretaire a abattant, Spain circa 1790, Biedermeier period. The outside with fall front and two doors a beautiful oakwood and one upside drawer. The wood inside opens to a central c...
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Antique Late 18th Century Spanish Biedermeier Secretaires

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Oak

18th Century Secretary of State
Located in charmes, FR
Grand secretary of Louis XVI period in Cuba mahogany, white marble and gilded bronzes in very good condition rare piece of furniture with as many bronze fittings, intended only for p...
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Antique Late 18th Century Louis XVI Secretaires

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Mahogany

  • 18th Century Secretary of State
  • 18th Century Secretary of State
  • 18th Century Secretary of State
  • 18th Century Secretary of State
H 56.7 in. W 37.41 in. D 15.75 in.
18th Century English Secretary 
Located in New Orleans, LA
Queen Anne period furnishings such as this walnut secretary are incredibly rare and important examples of English cabinetmaking. This secretary is of the most outstanding caliber, bo...
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Antique 18th Century English Queen Anne Secretaires

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Walnut

  • 18th Century English Secretary 
  • 18th Century English Secretary 
  • 18th Century English Secretary 
  • 18th Century English Secretary 
H 79 in. W 36.5 in. D 24 in.
Italian Venetian Secretary, 18th Century
Located in Stamford, CT
An early 18th century Italian Venetian walnut and burl walnut veneered secretary with serpentine base and mirrored upper door.
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Antique 18th Century Italian Rococo Secretaires

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Walnut

  •  Italian Venetian Secretary, 18th Century
  •  Italian Venetian Secretary, 18th Century
  •  Italian Venetian Secretary, 18th Century
  •  Italian Venetian Secretary, 18th Century
H 89 in. W 32.25 in. D 19.5 in.
18th Century Walnut Scriban Secretary
Located in Marseille, FR
Secretary scriban walnut 18th century Provençal work in used condition.
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XV Secretaires

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Walnut

  • 18th Century Walnut Scriban Secretary
  • 18th Century Walnut Scriban Secretary
  • 18th Century Walnut Scriban Secretary
  • 18th Century Walnut Scriban Secretary
H 37.8 in. W 40.95 in. D 20.48 in.
18th Century Swedish Painted Secretary
Located in Dallas, TX
An 18th century Swedish painted secretary, all original. This understated elegant piece has a beautiful wood patina with lovely hand painted details. Upper cabinet holds copious amo...
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Antique Mid-18th Century Swedish Rustic Secretaires

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Wood

  • 18th Century Swedish Painted Secretary
  • 18th Century Swedish Painted Secretary
  • 18th Century Swedish Painted Secretary
  • 18th Century Swedish Painted Secretary
H 85.75 in. W 39 in. D 25 in.
18th Century Gustavian Painted Secretary
Located in New York, NY
Continental Gustavian-style (Possibly Swedish/ Danish 18th Century) off-white painted secretary with carved column sides and carved simple swag and tassel design on front top section...
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Antique 18th Century Swedish Gustavian Secretaires

Materials

Wood

18th Century Walnut Secretary Bookcase
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a good quality George II figured walnut bureau bookcase. The bookcase has an out swept cornice, above a pair of beveled mirror doors opening to reveal adjustable shelves,...
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Antique Mid-18th Century English George II Bookcases

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Walnut

  • 18th Century Walnut Secretary Bookcase
  • 18th Century Walnut Secretary Bookcase
  • 18th Century Walnut Secretary Bookcase
  • 18th Century Walnut Secretary Bookcase
H 83.25 in. W 40.5 in. D 23 in.
18th Century Chinoiserie Secretary Bookcase
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a good quality 18th century chinoiserie Secretary bookcase. The top of the bookcase has an ornately shaped and carved pediment, above a single arched mirror door, opening...
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Antique Mid-18th Century English George III Bookcases

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Oak

  • 18th Century Chinoiserie Secretary Bookcase
  • 18th Century Chinoiserie Secretary Bookcase
  • 18th Century Chinoiserie Secretary Bookcase
  • 18th Century Chinoiserie Secretary Bookcase
H 96.5 in. W 36 in. D 23.25 in.
English 18th Century Oak Secretary
Located in Pasadena, CA
An 18th Century English oak secretary. The top doors for this English secretary open to reveal four shelves of different heights. The middle has a writing desk as well as slots to ...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier English George IV Desks

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Oak

  • English 18th Century Oak Secretary
  • English 18th Century Oak Secretary
  • English 18th Century Oak Secretary
  • English 18th Century Oak Secretary
H 88.5 in. W 40 in. D 21 in.
Late 18th Century Swedish Secretary
Located in Stamford, CT
Swedish secretary featuring historic paint and brass Lion escutcheons with minor paint restoration, circa late 18th century.
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Antique Late 18th Century Swedish Gustavian Secretaires

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Brass

  • Late 18th Century Swedish Secretary
  • Late 18th Century Swedish Secretary
  • Late 18th Century Swedish Secretary
  • Late 18th Century Swedish Secretary
H 85.25 in. W 49.00 in. D 22.00 in.
18th Century Walnut and Giltwood Secretary
Located in Dallas, TX
Very handsome English walnut giltwood secretary. Myriad drawers, pigeon holes and cupboards fill the well-appointed interior. Very functional as well as beautiful.
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Antique 18th Century English Secretaires

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Walnut

  • 18th Century Walnut and Giltwood Secretary
  • 18th Century Walnut and Giltwood Secretary
  • 18th Century Walnut and Giltwood Secretary
  • 18th Century Walnut and Giltwood Secretary
H 80 in. W 33.5 in. D 20.5 in.
18th Century Georgian Walnut Secretary Bookcase
Located in Charleston, SC
18th century Georgian walnut secretary bookcase. Blind paneled doors, bracket feet.
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Antique 18th Century English Secretaires

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Walnut

18th Century Venetian Lacquered Secretary Bookcase
Located in New Orleans, LA
Exceptional 18th century lacquered secretary bookcase with mirrored doors. The lacquer features snake charmers and a chinoiserie scenes with children. This came from an important P...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Secretaires

18th Century French Rococo Style Secretary
Located in Vulpellac, Girona
18th century French Rococo secretary from east France, Strasbourg region. Marquetry in mahogany, boxwood and plum. Slant-top opens to writing desk with 5 small drawers, a small shelv...
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Antique 18th Century French Rococo Secretaires

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Boxwood, Walnut

  • 18th Century French Rococo Style Secretary
  • 18th Century French Rococo Style Secretary
  • 18th Century French Rococo Style Secretary
  • 18th Century French Rococo Style Secretary
H 39.77 in. W 42.52 in. D 24.41 in.
18th Century Walnut Spanish Secretary Cabinet
Located in Vulpellac, Girona
Antic secretary cabinet from the 18th century. Its multiple small compartments, and five small drawers in the interior together with the lower three big drawers, will provide you the...
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Antique 18th Century Spanish Louis XVI Secretaires

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Walnut

  • 18th Century Walnut Spanish Secretary Cabinet
  • 18th Century Walnut Spanish Secretary Cabinet
  • 18th Century Walnut Spanish Secretary Cabinet
  • 18th Century Walnut Spanish Secretary Cabinet
H 47.25 in. W 51.19 in. D 23.63 in.
18th Century, Veneered and Inlaid Secretary
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Stunning, hand carved, 18th century, parquetry inlaid and veneered, bonnet top, two-part secretary from the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. The two-door top cabinet sits abo...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Secretaires

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Wood, Fruitwood, Fruitwood, Walnut, Walnut

18th Century Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a good quality George III mahogany bureau bookcase. The top of the bookcase has an ornate pediment above two glazed doors, opening to reveal adjustable shelves. Below thi...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Chippendale Secretaires

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Mahogany

  • 18th Century Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • 18th Century Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • 18th Century Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • 18th Century Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
H 93 in. W 40.5 in. D 24.5 in.
18th Century English Mahogany Secretary
Located in Wilson, NC
18th century English mahogany Secretary, with the frieze having blind fretwork. The cornice has dental molding and wall of Troy molding. The doors have stylized scallop shell quarter...
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Antique 1780s English Secretaires

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Brass

  • 18th Century English Mahogany Secretary
  • 18th Century English Mahogany Secretary
  • 18th Century English Mahogany Secretary
  • 18th Century English Mahogany Secretary
H 98.5 in. W 52 in. D 22.5 in.
Georgian Late 18th Century Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in Essex, MA
Period George III mahogany secretary bookcase. Chippendale style. Original Glass. Broken arch Pediment top. Great Patina. Of modest size.
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Antique Late 18th Century English Georgian Secretaires

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Mahogany

18th Century Italian Piemonte Commode Secretary Desk
Located in Arles, FR
Traditional 18th century Italian secretary desk from the Piemonte region made from solid walnut. A fine Italian walnut and inlaid bureau with drop leaf dating back to 18th centur...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Desks

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Walnut

Antique 18th Century Federal Style Secretary Desk
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Federal style 2-door secretary desk with 6 drawers and 1 door contained behind drop desk and 6 lower drawers.
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Antique 18th Century Federal Secretaires

18th Century Italian Piedmonte Commode Secretary Desk
Located in Arles, FR
Traditional 18th century Italian secretary desk from the Piedmonte region made from solid oak. A fine walnut bureau-commode dating back to 18th century, waving front, three large...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Desks

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Walnut

Original Baroque Tabernacle Secretary 18th Century Walnut
Located in Berlin, DE
Original Baroque Tabernacle Secretary 18th Century. Soft wood body veneered in walnut and richly worked out with Bandelwerk in different woods. Body with three drawers, curved over...
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Antique 18th Century German Baroque Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Italian 18th Century Country French Secretary Desk
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Italian 18th century country French mahogany secretary desk. Two-piece with two doors, two shelves, drop down desk with four drawers over two drawers.
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Antique 18th Century Italian Country Secretaires

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Mahogany

18th Century Louis XV Secretary
Located in Belmont, MA
Exceptional fall top secretary with beautiful flower and bird marquetry. The inside with four drawers and two open compartments. Sides and front show matching marquetry patterns. In ...
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Antique 1760s French Louis XV Secretaires

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Kingwood, Satinwood

  • 18th Century Louis XV Secretary
  • 18th Century Louis XV Secretary
  • 18th Century Louis XV Secretary
  • 18th Century Louis XV Secretary
H 37.6 in. W 36.23 in. D 18.12 in.
Outstanding Early 18th Century English George I Secretary
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting a stunningly gorgeous and outstanding early 18th century English George I Secretary. This is one of the finest old English Secretary’s we have ever had! Made circa 1...
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Antique Early 18th Century English George I Secretaires

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Mahogany, Satinwood, Walnut

18th Century Empire Secretary Veneered with Mahogany
Located in Opole, PL
We present you an antique piece of furniture covered with mahogany veneer with beautiful grain. It is topped with a green marble board. The whole is dated the turn of the 18th and th...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Empire Secretaires

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Marble

  • 18th Century Empire Secretary Veneered with Mahogany
  • 18th Century Empire Secretary Veneered with Mahogany
  • 18th Century Empire Secretary Veneered with Mahogany
  • 18th Century Empire Secretary Veneered with Mahogany
H 55.52 in. W 39.38 in. D 17.52 in.
English 18th Century Armorial Chippendale Secretary Bookcase
By Thomas Chippendale
Located in London, GB
Important English mid-18th century Chippendale period mahogany bureau bookcase, of architectural form, embellished with an armorial device, circa 1750 The broken architectural pe...
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Antique Mid-18th Century English George II Bookcases

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Mahogany

English 18th Century Armorial Chippendale Secretary Bookcase
By Thomas Chippendale
Located in London, GB
Important English mid-18th century Chippendale period mahogany bureau bookcase, of architectural form, embellished with an armorial device, circa 1750 The broken architectural pe...
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Antique Mid-18th Century English George II Bookcases

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Mahogany

18th Century Swedish Rococo Period Secretary with Library
Located in Wichita, KS
A Swedish Rococo period slant-front secretary from the 18th century in two parts with original bronze hardware. The slant-front opens to reveal 9 small drawers and a centre pigeon ho...
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Antique 18th Century Swedish Rococo Secretaires

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Paint

Italian Walnut Secretary Cabinet from the 18th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
A handsome Italian drop-front secretary cabinet from the 18th century. This antique bureau of walnut wood from Italy features a slanted fall front door, which opens to reveal a nice ...
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Antique Early 18th Century Italian Cabinets

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Walnut

Italian early 18th century Baroque Walnut Secretary-Bookcase
Located in Troy, NY
Italian secretary with beautiful, thick walnut radica veneer, wonderful color, ebonized moldings, most likely retaining the original mirror plates. The two upper doors open to reveal...
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Antique Early 18th Century Italian Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

18th Century English Kashmir Walnut Secretary
Located in Savannah, GA
This is a slant front secretary or bureau made in England circa 1780. It is made of Kashmir walnut (the finest cut of burr walnut) and walnut. The top, the slant fall and the drawer ...
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Antique 1780s English George III Secretaires

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Walnut

18th Century Russian Brass-Trimmed Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in New York, NY
Eighteenth century Russian mahogany secretary bookcase featuring brass accents, including a tiered brass gallery pediment, drawer pulls, and overall trim. In addition to its eight ex...
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Antique Late 18th Century Russian Empire Secretaires

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Brass

18th Century Classicism Princely Tabernacle Secretary 'Wörlitz Castle'
Located in Berlin, DE
Mahogany on softwood. Fireproof fittings. Rectangular body on conical squares. In the front two wide drawers. Inclined, hinged writing board, behind it richly divided office divisio...
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Antique 18th Century German Neoclassical Secretaires

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Bronze

18th Century George II Figured Walnut Secretary Bookcase
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a good quality George II figured walnut bureau bookcase. The bookcase has an out swept cornice, above a pair of bevelled mirror doors opening to reveal adjustable shelves...
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Antique Early 18th Century English George II Bookcases

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Walnut

18th-19th Century Italian Red Chinoiserie Secretary
Located in Atlanta, GA
18th-19th century Italian red chinoiserie secretary.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Swedish Gustavian Late 18th Century Tall Painted Secretary with Slanted Desk
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish Gustavian period tall secretary from the late 18th century, with distressed painted finish, two doors and slanted desk. Created in Sweden during the last years of the 18th ...
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Antique 18th Century Swedish Gustavian Secretaires

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Wood

Mid-18th Century Genovese Hand Painted Three Part Secretary
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A wonderful and very ornamental mid 18th century Genovese hand painted three part secretary with all original paint. The secretary is raised by scalloped serpentine shaped supports. ...
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Antique 18th Century Unknown Secretaires

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Wood, Paint

Impressive 18th Century Chinoiserie Red Lacquered Drop Front Secretary
Located in Dallas, TX
An impressive 18th century English chinoiserie red lacquered drop front secretary. Fine quality hand painted decoration Original glass doors. Leather writing surface.
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Antique Late 18th Century English Chinoiserie Secretaires

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Harewood

Late 18th Century Swedish Secretary Cabinet with Historic Paint
Located in South Salem, NY
Splendid early antique Gustavian style secretary cabinet, made in Sweden, circa late 19th century. This rustic cabinet retains its historic paint--a soft blue faded beautifully with ...
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Antique Late 18th Century Swedish Gustavian Secretaires

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Brass

18th Century George II Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A magnificent English 18th century Chippendale secretary bookcase of exceptional detail. The composition is marked by a robustness and architectural quality that is complimented by i...
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Antique 1760s English Chippendale Bookcases

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Mahogany

18th Century Baltic Mahogany And Brass Roll Top Secretary
Located in New York, NY
Eighteenth century roll top secretary of Russian or Baltic origin. The piece is composed of mahogany and bronze trim and features a two tambour door top and a chest with a two drawer...
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Antique 18th Century Unknown Baltic Secretaires

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Brass

18th Century Louis XVI Style French Inlaid Secretary Desk
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
18th century Louis XVI style French inlaid secretary desk with four shelves, five drawers and a drop down desk.
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Secretaires

Materials

Glass, Wood

Secretary Writing Chest Rare Swedish Rococo 18th Century Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Secretary Writing Chest Swedish Rococo 18th Century Sweden. An exquisite secretary in a very high quality. Made in Sweden during the Rococo period 1750-1775 in a walnut veneer. Custo...
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Antique 18th Century Swedish Rococo Secretaires

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Walnut

18th Century Louis XV Secretary, France, 1770
Located in Belmont, MA
Exceptional French Louis XV secretary with beautiful flower and bird marquetry. This extraordinary piece dates back to circa 1770. The inside is decorated with four drawers and two ...
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Antique 1770s French Louis XV Secretaires

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Kingwood, Satinwood

  • 18th Century Louis XV Secretary, France, 1770
  • 18th Century Louis XV Secretary, France, 1770
  • 18th Century Louis XV Secretary, France, 1770
  • 18th Century Louis XV Secretary, France, 1770
H 37.6 in. W 36.23 in. D 18.12 in.
18th Century Transition Secretary, Paris, circa 1770, Master's Stamp
Located in Berlin, DE
Rose veneer on oak. High-rectangular body with finely veneered wood on four feet. Foldable writing board (leather cover missing), a drawer, lower wing door. Gilded bronze mountings. ...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Secretaires

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Bronze

18th Century Satin Mahogany and Rosewood Secretary
Located in Savannah, GA
This is a secretary / bureau/ desk made in England, circa 1780. The top and the fall have a rosewood banding with a string inlay of satinwood and Satin Mahogany in the interior of th...
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Antique 1780s English George III Secretaires

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Satinwood

18th Century Transition Secretary, Paris, circa 1770, Master's Stamp
Located in Berlin, DE
Rose veneer on oak. High-rectangular body with finely veneered wood on four feet. Foldable writing board (leather cover missing), a drawer, lower wing door. Gilded bronze mountings. ...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Secretaires

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Bronze

George III Mahogany and Satinwood Secretary Bookcase, 18th Century
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
This a handsome 18th century mahogany bureau bookcase with satinwood stringing overall. The top section with shaped cornice over two glazed doors with arched mullions over cylinder r...
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Antique 18th Century English George III Bookcases

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Mahogany, Satinwood, Glass

Italian, Venetian, Walnut and Inlaid Secretary Credenza, Early 18th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
exceptional and unique piece of furniture from Venice made in the early 18th century, the shaped top inlaid with a lozenge pattern and hinged opening to reveal drawers, the front fli...
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Antique Early 18th Century Italian Louis XIII Credenzas

Materials

Walnut

18th Century English Walnut and Secretary with Drop Front Desk
Located in San Francisco, CA
18th century English walnut and secretary with drop front desk Gorgeous 19th century secretary with a fitted interior and drop front writing surface that can also be used with a l...
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Antique 18th Century English Secretaires

Materials

Walnut

Antique 18th Century Neoclassical Parcel-Gilt Walnut Secretary Bookcase, Therien
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Antique 18th century neoclassical parcel-gilt walnut secretary bookcase. It was purchased from the private antique collection of Therien & Co, Los Angeles and dates to circa 1770.
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Antique 18th Century Baltic Baltic Secretaires

Materials

Walnut

18th-19th Century George III Style Mahogany Secretary
Located in Atlanta, GA
18th-19th century George III style mahogany secretary in three pieces.   
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Antique 19th Century English George III Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany

Secretary Writing Desk Swedish Black Blue Interior, 18th Century, Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Secretary writing desk Swedish black blue interior, 18th century, Sweden. A secretary made during the 18th century repainted in our Laserow Black with a faded blue interior. Cabriole...
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Antique Mid-18th Century Swedish Baroque Secretaires

18th Century English George III Lacquer and Gilt Chinoiserie Secretary
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a fine quality 18th century chinoiserie Bureau. The exterior of the bureau is profusely decorated with oriental scenes. The fall front opens to reveal a fully fitted inte...
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Antique Late 18th Century English George III Desks

Materials

Oak

Impressive 18th Century Northern Italian Inlaid Bureau with Secretary Desk
Located in Charleston, SC
Impressive 18th century northern Italian inlaid bureau with secretary desk. Incredible inlay work with walnut, burl walnut, olive wood and other exotic imported veneers. 3 drawers be...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Baroque Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Olive, Walnut, Burl

French 18th Century Louis XVI Period Buffet/Secretary, Signed JACOB
By Georges Jacob
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A stunning and most elegant French 18th century Louis XVI period satinwood, mahogany, ormolu, brass, white Carrara marble and Gris St. Anne marble two-door, one drawer buffet/secreta...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Buffets

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Marble, Carrara Marble, Brass, Ormolu

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18th Century Secretary For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal 18th century secretary for your home. Each 18th century secretary for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, mahogany and walnut. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer 18th century secretary, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 19th Century. A 18th century secretary, designed in the Georgian, Louis XV or Louis XVI style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. A well-made 18th century secretary has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Georges Jacob and Leonard Boudin are consistently popular.

How Much is a 18th Century Secretary?

The average selling price for a 18th century secretary at 1stDibs is $11,586, while they’re typically $1,225 on the low end and $125,000 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Storage Case Pieces for You

Dressers, credenzas and cabinets have long been home staples, perfect for routine storage or protection of personal items. 

In the mid-19th century, cabinetmakers would mimic styles originating in the Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI eras for their dressers, bookshelves and other structures, and, later, simpler, streamlined wood designs allowed these “case pieces” or “case goods” — any furnishing that is unupholstered and has some semblance of a storage component — to blend into the background of any interior. 

Mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts will cite the tall modular wall units crafted in teak and other sought-after woods of the era by the likes of George Nelson and Finn Juhl. For these highly customizable furnishings, designers of the day delivered an alternative to big, heavy bookcases by considering the use of space — and, in particular, walls — in new and innovative ways. Mid-century modern credenzas, which, long and low, evolved from tables that were built as early as the 14th century in Italy, typically have no legs or very short legs and have grown in popularity as an alluring storage option over time. 

Although the name immediately invokes images of clothing, dressers were initially created in Europe for a much different purpose. This furnishing was initially a flat-surfaced, low-profile side table equipped with a few drawers — a common fixture used to dress and prepare meats in English kitchens throughout the Tudor period. The drawers served as perfect utensil storage. It wasn’t until the design made its way to North America that it became enlarged and equipped with enough space to hold clothing and cosmetics. The very history of storage case pieces is a testament to their versatility and well-earned place in any room. 

In the spirit of positioning your case goods center stage, decluttering can now be design-minded. A contemporary case piece with open shelving and painted wood details can prove functional as a storage unit as easily as it can a room divider. Whether you’re seeking a playful sideboard made of colored glass and metals, an antique Italian hand-carved storage cabinet or a glass-door vitrine to store and show off your collectibles, there are options for you on 1stDibs.