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Italian Painted Secretary
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A remarkable early 20th century Italian painted secretary is handcrafted out of maple wood and features its original intricate hand-painted design with silver leaf details throughout...
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Vintage 1910s Italian Rococo Secretaires

Materials

Brass, Silver Leaf

  • Italian Painted Secretary
  • Italian Painted Secretary
  • Italian Painted Secretary
  • Italian Painted Secretary
H 87 in. W 45.5 in. D 19.5 in.
French Provincial Painted Secretary Desk
Located in Port Chester, NY
A French Provincial distress painted Secretary desk with an angled arched cornice above two paneled doors enclosing adjustable shelves, the midsection with a fall front writing surfa...
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21st Century and Contemporary European French Provincial Desks

Materials

Wood

  • French Provincial Painted Secretary Desk
  • French Provincial Painted Secretary Desk
  • French Provincial Painted Secretary Desk
  • French Provincial Painted Secretary Desk
H 83 in. W 53.75 in. D 19 in.
Italian Venetian Style Painted Secretary
Located in Stamford, CT
Attractive Venetian style painted secretary, circa 1960s, overall light green painted with beautiful painted floral decoration, the top with gilded bow crest, raised on bracket feet.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Adam Style Secretaires

Materials

Wood

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

Venetian Painted Secretary Bureau Bookcase
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
This is an impressive bureau bookcase painted in a classic Venetian design. The top section with doors open to adjustable shelving with a cornice. The lower section has a slant drop ...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Other Bookcases

  • Venetian Painted Secretary Bureau Bookcase
  • Venetian Painted Secretary Bureau Bookcase
  • Venetian Painted Secretary Bureau Bookcase
  • Venetian Painted Secretary Bureau Bookcase
H 90.50 in. W 47.25 in. D 21.50 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

Materials

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.
19th Century Swedish Painted Secretary
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century Swedish painted secretary is a study in understated elegance, with the distressed, patinaed painted finish that is so in vogue today! Upper cabinet holds copious amounts...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Swedish Gustavian Secretaires

Materials

Pine

  • 19th Century Swedish Painted Secretary
  • 19th Century Swedish Painted Secretary
  • 19th Century Swedish Painted Secretary
  • 19th Century Swedish Painted Secretary
H 76.5 in. W 44.5 in. D 19 in.
Antique Italian Painted Secretary Desk Bookcase
Located in West Hartford, CT
An Italian paint decorated secretary desk in antique white and orange with gold gilt detail. It features a unique shape with bookcase top over a drop front with an interior desk. The...
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Vintage 1930s Italian Secretaires

Materials

Wood, Paint

19th Century Gustavian Painted Secretary
Located in New Orleans, LA
Beautifully carved and painted Gustavian Secretary. The carving is the Swedish take on French neoclassical style with the light muted paint tones to brighten up interiors during the ...
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Antique 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Secretaires

Materials

Pine

  • 19th Century Gustavian Painted Secretary
  • 19th Century Gustavian Painted Secretary
  • 19th Century Gustavian Painted Secretary
  • 19th Century Gustavian Painted Secretary
H 92.5 in. W 45.5 in. D 22.5 in.
Antique White Painted Secretary from Sweden
Located in Round Top, TX
The graceful lines of this secretary or "bureau" reveal its Swedish country heritage. The addition of a white painted finish also compliments its Swedish styling as well. The romant...
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Antique Early 19th Century Swedish Secretaires

Materials

Wood

  • Antique White Painted Secretary from Sweden
  • Antique White Painted Secretary from Sweden
  • Antique White Painted Secretary from Sweden
  • Antique White Painted Secretary from Sweden
H 88.25 in. W 47.5 in. D 23.75 in.
Italian Baroque Style Painted Secretary, 20th Century
Located in Savannah, GA
Mid-20th century Italian Baroque style painted secretary with display cabinet, pull-out desk and three drawers. Decorative items inside cabinet are not included.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Baroque Secretaires

Materials

Paint

Italian Hand Painted Secretary, Bookcase from Piemonte, Italy
Located in Dallas, TX
This lovely Italian hand painted secretary, bookcase from Torino, is a testament to the talented artisans of Piemonte, Italy! Its hand carved artistry features the traditional subtle...
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Early 20th Century Italian Baroque Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Custom Hand-Painted Secretary Desk with Mirrored Doors
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
This white-painted secretary bureau bookcase is custom and has been artfully hand painted with soft, delicate blues yielding a romantic theme of flowers, baskets and trailing vines ...
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20th Century American Gustavian Secretaires

Materials

Mirror, Wood

Beautiful French 19th Century Hand-Painted Secretary Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A beautiful French 19th century hand-painted secretary desk, the patina is so much beautiful in person, it has a little repair on one side, see pictures, the chains are not original,...
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Antique 1880s French Desks

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

Materials

Wood

19th Century Hand Painted Secretary with Hidden Drawers and Floral Decorations
Located in CH
Secretary with "lacquered" decoration in the style of Coromandel lacquers decorated with chrysanthemums, flower vases and other beautiful objects. Rectangular, it opens with four dra...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Secretaires

Original Paint Swedish Secretary
Located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
An unusual Swedish Secretary from Jamtland with a three door design on the top section. A folding front desk opens to drawers and storage space, beneath this are three drawers, and a...
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Antique 19th Century Swedish Secretaires

Materials

Wood

  • Original Paint Swedish Secretary
  • Original Paint Swedish Secretary
  • Original Paint Swedish Secretary
  • Original Paint Swedish Secretary
H 88.19 in. W 50.4 in. D 21.66 in.
Swedish Secretary in White Paint
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Two-part secretary, Sweden circa 1840, with paneled doors top and bottom and matching panels on the slant front. The upper section has a simple molded cornice and two locking interio...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Swedish Neoclassical Secretaires

Materials

Wood

  • Swedish Secretary in White Paint
  • Swedish Secretary in White Paint
  • Swedish Secretary in White Paint
  • Swedish Secretary in White Paint
H 80 in. W 44 in. D 21 in.
Early Swedish Secretary in Black Paint
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Late Gustavian secretary in two parts, Sweden, circa 1820. The upper section has two doors with raised, reeded lozenges under a molded cornice. Inside are two fixed shelves, the top ...
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Antique Early 19th Century Swedish Neoclassical Desks

Materials

Wood

  • Early Swedish Secretary in Black Paint
  • Early Swedish Secretary in Black Paint
  • Early Swedish Secretary in Black Paint
  • Early Swedish Secretary in Black Paint
H 80 in. W 44 in. D 18 in.
19th Century Painted Swedish Secretary
Located in Charleston, SC
19th century painted Swedish secretary with the date 1841 painted on the top. Blind paneled door bookcase with wrought iron hardware over a secretary that opens to reveal a beautiful...
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Antique 19th Century Swedish Secretaires

Materials

Iron

  • 19th Century Painted Swedish Secretary
  • 19th Century Painted Swedish Secretary
  • 19th Century Painted Swedish Secretary
  • 19th Century Painted Swedish Secretary
H 73 in. W 42 in. D 20 in.
Fine Paint Decorated Baroque Style Armoire Secretary/ Desk
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A tall custom Venetian baroque shaped frame, the double doors with inset beveled antiqued mirrors open to two shelves. The slant front opens to drawers and a cubby hole. The lower ca...
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20th Century American Hollywood Regency Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Venetian Hand-Painted Blind Door Secretary with Bookcase, Circa 1900
Located in Charleston, SC
Venetian blind door secretary with a carved scrolled decorative cornice, upper case bookcase with hand-painted parrots and foliage, slant top reveling a fitted interior desk, three l...
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Antique Early 1900s Italian Neoclassical Secretaires

Materials

Brass

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

Materials

Wood, Paint

Swedish 1810s Late Gustavian Painted Drop-Front Secretary with Diamond Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish Gustavian period painted wood drop-front secretary from the early 19th century, with diamond and reeded motifs. Born in Sweden in the early years of the 19th century, this ...
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Antique Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Secretaires

Materials

Wood

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

Materials

Brass

Scandinavian Two-Part Painted Tall Secretary with Slant Front Desk and Drawers
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Scandinavian two-part painted secretary from the 18th century, with carved crest, slant-front desk, diamond motifs and lateral handles. Born in Scandinavia during the 18th century,...
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Antique 18th Century Scandinavian Secretaires

Materials

Wood, Wood

18th Century Louis XIV Italian Secretary Cabinet Walnut Painted Doors
Located in PALERMO, IT
Important Sicilian Trumeau cabinet, with front flap, two upper doors and three drawers, veneered in walnut and briar walnut. Particular processing of the upper doors, inside painted ...
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Antique Early 18th Century Italian Louis XIV Cabinets

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Walnut, Paint

Swedish 19th Century Gustavian Style Painted Wood Drop-Front Secretary
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish Gustavian style painted wood drop-front secretary from the 19th century, with dentil molding, reeded accents and multiple drawers. Born in Sweden during the 19th century, t...
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Antique 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Antique Painted Gustavian Grey/White Secretary with Fall-Front & Birch Interior
Located in Miami, FL
A very lovely Louis Philippe fall-front secretary in pine with a light Gustavian-grey/white painted finish, and original French-polished birch wood interior. Features a carved bonnet...
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Antique Mid-19th Century German Louis Philippe Secretaires

Materials

Brass

Vintage Custom Painted Italian French Regency Style Tall Secretary Desk & Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Beautiful hand-painted vintage, two-piece secretary desk with matching chair. The pieces are painted in a whimsical Italian style, largely blue and off-white, with intricate bird and...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Louis XVI Desks

Materials

Cane, Wood

1790s Swedish Period Gustavian Painted Drop-Front Secretary with Lower Drawers
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish Gustavian period painted wood drop-front secretary with original hardware from the late 18th century. This Swedish drop-front desk features clean, simple lines, typical of ...
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Antique Late 18th Century Swedish Gustavian Secretaires

Materials

Wood

18th Century Swedish Baroque Period Secretary with Library in Original Paint
Located in Wichita, KS
A Swedish Baroque period slant-front secretary from the 18th century in two parts with arched cornice and shaped apron. Brass hardware and original locks, circa 1770. The paint has b...
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Antique 18th Century Swedish Baroque Secretaires

Materials

Brass

19th Century Venetian Secretary Bookcase with Painted Scenes and Floral Sprays
Located in Miami, FL
A very lovely painted green and yellow Italian fall-front secretary bookcase in the Venetian Baroque style with arched doors painted with 18th century-style scenes with figures in a ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Baroque Secretaires

Materials

Paint

Norwegian Secretary Hutch
By Magnor of Norway
Located in Hollywood, FL
This is a Norwegian Secretary Hutch. it has been restored and repainted with "Milk Paint" Measure: Desk height 27 Comes out 16 Depth open 39.  
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Antique 1810s Norwegian Primitive Secretaires

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Pine

  • Norwegian Secretary Hutch
  • Norwegian Secretary Hutch
  • Norwegian Secretary Hutch
  • Norwegian Secretary Hutch
H 88 in. W 45 in. D 23 in.
Period Norwegian Secretary
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Two part Norwegian secretary, circa 1820, in gray paint with the original locks and brass hardware. The upper section has a pair of paneled doors opening onto two fixed shelves, a...
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Antique Early 19th Century Norwegian Neoclassical Secretaires

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Wood

  • Period Norwegian Secretary
  • Period Norwegian Secretary
  • Period Norwegian Secretary
  • Period Norwegian Secretary
H 81 in. W 40 in. D 22 in.
Italian 1850s Rococo Style Tall Secretary with Slanted Desk and Original Paint
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian Rococo style two-part secretary from the mid-19th century, with slanted desk, mirrored doors and original paint. How not to fall head over heels in love with this Rococo s...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Italian Rococo Secretaires

Materials

Glass, Wood, Wood

Gustavian Secretary Cum Library
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Period Gustavian secretary in two parts, Sweden circa 1800. The upper library section has a bold molded cornice over a pair of locking doors with raised and fluted panels. Inside are...
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Antique Late 18th Century Swedish Gustavian Secretaires

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Wood

  • Gustavian Secretary Cum Library
  • Gustavian Secretary Cum Library
  • Gustavian Secretary Cum Library
  • Gustavian Secretary Cum Library
H 82 in. W 48 in. D 19 in.
20th Century English Adams Style Hand Painted Double Bonnet Top Secretary Desk
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Early 20th century English Adams style hand painted double bonnet top secretary desk. Item features double bonnet top, hand painted figural scenes to the front and sides, 2 swings, w...
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20th Century North American Adam Style Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany, Paint

Authentic 19th Century Paint Decorated French Louis XV Provincial Secretary Desk
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is the epitome of charm. This gorgeous antique 1850s era French-made and original paint decorated desk has mortice and tenon joinery and big chunky locks in the drawers. This is...
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Antique 1850s French Louis XV Desks

Materials

Walnut

French Patinated Tall Secretary Cabinet
Located in High Point, NC
A hardwood secretary cabinet from France, circa 1900. This two-door cabinet features a unique tall desktop. A wooden surround is carved with a subtle scallop, enhancing the patina an...
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Antique Late 19th Century French French Provincial Secretaires

Materials

Oak

  • French Patinated Tall Secretary Cabinet
  • French Patinated Tall Secretary Cabinet
  • French Patinated Tall Secretary Cabinet
  • French Patinated Tall Secretary Cabinet
H 65.4 in. W 36.4 in. D 25.2 in.
1880s White Patinated Secretary Vitrine
Located in High Point, NC
From late 19th Century France, this country cabinet features a unique painted finish. Charming simplified mouldings with straight inset doors and drawers, a folding desktop gives an ...
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Antique Late 19th Century French French Provincial Secretaires

Materials

Glass, Hardwood

  • 1880s White Patinated Secretary Vitrine
  • 1880s White Patinated Secretary Vitrine
  • 1880s White Patinated Secretary Vitrine
  • 1880s White Patinated Secretary Vitrine
H 97 in. W 42.9 in. D 23.2 in.
19th Century Swedish Gustavian Secretary with Library
Located in Wichita, KS
This is an exquisite Swedish Gustavian period painted secretary with library. Brass hardware and original locks, circa 1820. The upper section has three shelves, behind shaped and re...
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Antique Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Desks

Materials

Wood

Venetian Rococo Green Japanned Secretary Desk
Located in Essex, MA
With shaped arched cornice over a pair of doors enclosing a red painted interior with shelves over a fold down slant lid writing surface fitted with drawers, over seven drawers with ...
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Antique 1760s Italian Rococo Secretaires

Materials

Wood

  • Venetian Rococo Green Japanned Secretary Desk
  • Venetian Rococo Green Japanned Secretary Desk
  • Venetian Rococo Green Japanned Secretary Desk
  • Venetian Rococo Green Japanned Secretary Desk
H 89.25 in. W 41.5 in. D 19.5 in.
Rare Monterey Furniture Secretary Desk, circa 1930s
By Monterey Furniture
Located in Fulton, CA
A scarce Monterey Furniture drop-front secretary desk in green with hand painted floral design. Made by Mason Manufacturing Company of Los Angeles, California, circa 1930s. This piec...
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20th Century American Rancho Monterey Secretaires

Materials

Wood

  • Rare Monterey Furniture Secretary Desk, circa 1930s
  • Rare Monterey Furniture Secretary Desk, circa 1930s
  • Rare Monterey Furniture Secretary Desk, circa 1930s
  • Rare Monterey Furniture Secretary Desk, circa 1930s
H 66.5 in. W 30.25 in. D 16.25 in.
19th Century English Red Lacquer Secretary
Located in New York, NY
The whole having a lacquer decoration in the chinoiserie style with a top section of 2 glass paned doors and a shelved interior, over a fall front revealing a fitted interior, over 2...
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Antique Late 18th Century Georgian Secretaires

Materials

Lacquer

Flemish Style Bombe Secretary Bookcase by Marge Carson
By Marge Carson
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A large and flamboyant cabinet in the Flemish style, by Marge Carson, Inc., 2004. In a fine distressed ecru with gilt trim finish. The scrolled crest rail with a shell center over do...
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Early 2000s American Baroque Secretaires

Materials

Glass, Wood

Elegant Japanese Style Cabinet-Secretary Attributed to Viardot
By Gabriel Viardot
Located in PARIS, FR
A Japanese style carved wood cabinet attributed to G. Viardot. A painted decor imitating Japanese lacquer, ornamented with flowers, birds and butterflies. Opening onto two drawers an...
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Antique 1880s French Japonisme Cabinets

Materials

Wood, Paint

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

Materials

Paint

Antique 19th Century Dutch Oak Drop Front Bombe Secretary
Located in Charleston, SC
Antique 19th century Dutch oak drop front bombe secretary with a 3-drawer bombe front and carved ball and claw feet. The drop front has writing area and stepped drawers and a well wi...
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Antique 19th Century Dutch Secretaires

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Oak, 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

Materials

Harewood

MCM Teak Veneer German Shrunk Wall Unit Secretary Liquor Cabinet 2-Piece
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome Mid-Century Modern German shrunk, wall unit, secretary, or liquor cabinet in beautiful teak veneer. This piece separates into two pieces upper and lower. It is in wonderful ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Teak, Grasscloth, Paint

Mid Century Modern Secretary Chest by Raymond Loewy for Mengel Furniture
By Mengel Furniture Co., Raymond Loewy, Arthur Umanoff, Paul McCobb
Located in Framingham, MA
Excellent example of Minimalist 1950s design with an array of contrasting materials; wood, paint, and patinated steel legs, that show off a young Raymond Loewy's prolific future in d...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Secretaires

Materials

Metal

Swedish 1820s Late Gustavian Slant Front Secretary with Drawers and Bracket Feet
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish late Gustavian slant front secretary from the early 19th century, with reeded motifs and bracket feet. Created in Sweden during the first quarter of the 19th century, this ...
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Antique Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Secretaires

Materials

Wood, Wood

Gustavian 18th Century Scandinavian Tall Slanted Desk Secretary with Glass Doors
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Scandinavian Gustavian painted wood tall secretary from the 18th century, with reeded accents, slanted desk and glass doors. Born in Scandinavia during the 18th century, this two-p...
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Antique Late 18th Century Swedish Gustavian Secretaires

Materials

Glass, Wood

Napoleon III Antique French Secretary in Black Lacquer and Mother of Pearl Inlay
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique French Napoleon III Secretary in black lacquer with mother of pearl inlay and highlighted with hand-painted flowers. There is some shrinkage damage to the exterior of the cas...
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Antique Early 1900s French Napoleon III Secretaires

Materials

Mother-of-Pearl

Turn of the 18th -19th C. Swedish Rococo Style Slant Front Secretary w/ Drawers
Located in Atlanta, GA
A late 18th century-early 19th century Rococo style slant front painted fir Swedish secretary with bonnet top, two doors and multiple drawers. The doors open up on inner shelves, inc...
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Antique Late 18th Century Swedish Rococo Secretaires

Materials

Fir

Swedish Rococo 18th Century Tall Secretary with Bonnet Top and Slant-Front Desk
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish Rococo period painted wood two-part secretary from the 18th century, with bonnet top, slant-front desk and lateral handles. Born in Sweden during the 18th century, this exq...
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Antique 18th Century Swedish Rococo Secretaires

Materials

Wood, Wood

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

Italian Painted Secretary
Located in North Miami, FL
A paint decorated secretary from the 1960's. This piece is in the venetian style. Great color combination as well as hand painted scene genre. Drawers are lined with Jordan marsh pap...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Secretaires

Materials

Paint, Wood

  • Italian Painted Secretary
  • Italian Painted Secretary
  • Italian Painted Secretary
  • Italian Painted Secretary
H 72 in. W 23 in. D 16 in.
Italian Painted Secretary
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Louis XV style vintage faux marble and silver leaf decorated Italian secretary, mid 20th century.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Louis XV Secretaires

Materials

Wood, Paint

  • Italian Painted Secretary
  • Italian Painted Secretary
  • Italian Painted Secretary
  • Italian Painted Secretary
H 79.5 in. W 65.5 in. D 27 in.
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Painted Secretary For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal painted secretary for your home. Frequently made of wood, paint and metal, every painted secretary was constructed with great care. Find 63 options for an antique or vintage painted secretary now, or shop our selection of 1 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. There are many kinds of the painted secretary you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right painted secretary, those designed in Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical styles are of considerable interest. Monterey Furniture and Raymond Loewy each produced at least one beautiful painted secretary that is worth considering.

How Much is a Painted Secretary?

Prices for a painted secretary start at $750 and top out at $39,500 with the average selling for $7,875.

Finding the Right Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets 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.