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Biedermeier Secretary, Bookcase, Cherry, Walnut, 1840s
Located in Greven, DE
Antique cabinet secretary from the biedermeier period around 1845. Body in cherry, parts of the front and the wreath veneered in walnut. Handles and fittings made of brass in the sh...
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Mid-19th Century German Biedermeier Antique Secretaires

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Cherry, Walnut

Biedermeier secretary, Northern Europe, circa 1860.
Located in Chorzów, PL
Biedermeier secretary, Northern Europe, circa 1860. Wood: Mahogany dimensions : h. 130 cm w. 112 cm d. 62 cm
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1860s Swedish Biedermeier Antique Secretaires

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Mahogany

Antique English Adams Decorated Satinwood Drop-Front Desk, 18th-19th C
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique English Adam decorated drop-front desk offers satinwood construction with slant front having neoclassical reserve of woman and cherub in co...
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19th Century English Adam Style Antique Secretaires

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Wood, Satinwood

Fine early 1800s Era English Georgian Chinoiserie Paint Decorated Secretary Desk
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a rare and unique form of Chinese Chippendale two piece secretary desk. The desk was made during the 1800-1820s era and would have been taken to China to hav it hand-painted ...
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1820s English Chinese Chippendale Antique Secretaires

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Mahogany

Rare Mirrored Console Secretaire in Cherry Wood by Carlo and Piero Zen, 1910
Located in Brescia , Brescia
Experience a piece of history with this rare mirrored console secretary by renowned designers Carlo and Piero Zen, crafted in 1910. This exquisite piece features a cherry wood frame ...
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1910s Italian Art Nouveau Vintage Secretaires

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Brass

19th Century English Writing Desk with Drawers and Hinged Door and Original Hand
Located in Marbella, ES
19th Century English Writing Desk with Drawers and Hinged Door and Original Handles
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19th Century English Antique Secretaires

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Bronze

Narrow Antique Biedermeier Secretaire In Pine Sweden Late 19th Century
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful and in fully original condition Swedish pine secretaire features rounded corners with a curved drawer on top and beneath a key-locked fall front, which opens to reveal a wr...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Biedermeier Antique Secretaires

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Pine

19th Century Scandinavian Birch Empire Bureau Secretary with Bookcase, c. 1820
Located in Miami, FL
A very fine Scandinavian Empire/Biedermeier secretary in beautiful birch wood with mahogany interior, Denmark, circa 1820. The highly sculptural form makes this piece an outstanding ...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Empire Antique Secretaires

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Birch

Important Early 19th Century Danish Neoclassical Secretaire NIcolai Abildgaard
By Nicolai Abildgaard
Located in Worpswede / Bremen, DE
The slender secretaire on an unusual high stand with four curved legs dived into quarters, the frame with a central inlaid palmette motif. The fall down writing flap, enclosing a fit...
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Early 19th Century Danish Neoclassical Antique Secretaires

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Bone, Maple

Extraordinary Colorful Rococo Style Painted Secretary Cabinet with Chair
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Custom painted in a striking blue exterior with an electric and contrasting green interior and having a strong form, ornate gilt hinges and pulls, escutcheons (with keys) and Top fin...
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1940s Rococo Revival Vintage Secretaires

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Metal

Swedish Rococo Period Slant Front Desk Painted in Black with Distressed Finish
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish Rococo period two-part slant-front desk from the 18th century, repainted in black with a blue interior and later iron hardware. Created in Sweden during the Rococo period, ...
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18th Century Swedish Rococo Antique Secretaires

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Iron

Chinoiserie Decorated Ebonized, Gilt, & Red Lacquered Secretary Desk
Located in Big Flats, NY
A Chinoiserie decorated secretary offers black lacquered wood construction with upper having a broken arch pediment over a cast with double doors opening to vermillion red lacquered ...
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20th Century Chinoiserie Secretaires

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Wood

Georgian 18th Century Mahogany Secretaire Cupboard
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
A superb quality late 18th century Georgian mahogany secretaire cupboard having well figured and banded top over one secretaire drawer to frieze, enclosing attractive satinwood in...
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Mid-18th Century English Georgian Antique Secretaires

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Mahogany

Swedish Gustavian Period 1790s Painted Slant Front Secretary with Three Drawers
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish Gustavian period painted wood secretary from the late 18th century, with slant front desk, multiple drawers, dark painted interior, three drawers in the façade and rustic c...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Gustavian Antique Secretaires

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Brass

Pilastro Wall Mounted Secretaire With Built-in Light
Located in Dronten, NL
Minimalist wall system designed by Reijenga for Pilastro, The Netherlands. Two shelves and a drop down desktop in beige. The desk has a hidden light behind front panel. Mid Century M...
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1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Secretaires

Materials

Steel

Swedish Cherry With Brass Hangings Baroque Drawer Cabinet Secrétaire.
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful Swedish secrétaire from the end of the 18th century made of pine and veneered with best selected north European cherry with breath taking grain all in great and original co...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Baroque Antique Secretaires

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Danish Modern Teak Secretary Desk
Located in Gardiner, NY
Authentic vintage mid century Danish / Scandinavian Modern teak secretary desk / dresser / chest of drawers. This piece is in excellent refinished condition with few signs of age-re...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Secretaires

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Wood

Empire style mahogany secretary, France, late 19th century
Located in Chorzów, PL
Antique Empire style secretary desk from around 1870, France. Dimensions: height 130 cm / width 130 cm / depth 60 cm
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1870s French Empire Antique Secretaires

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Walnut

Antique secretary from the second half of the 19th century, Northern Europe.
Located in Chorzów, PL
Antique secretary from the second half of the 19th century, Northern Europe. Very good condition, after professional renovation. Wood: mahogany Dimensions: height 113 cm / width 1...
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1870s Swedish Biedermeier Antique Secretaires

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Mahogany

Extremely Decorative Secretary Empire Style with Dummies Books
Located in Berlin, DE
Noble veneer on solid softwood. Rectangular body on chiseled bronze claw feet. Architecturally structured front with dummy and brass framed brass frames. Slightly conical pilasters o...
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20th Century Secretaires

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Wood

Patent Secretaire, France, 19th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Patent secretaire with mahogany veneered frame and columns with bronze capitals and bases.
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19th Century French Empire Antique Secretaires

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Bronze

H.W. Klein secretary Bramin Denmark 1960
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Beautiful Scandinavian secretary or writing desk designed by H.W. Klein for Bramin, Denmark 1960. This very nice piece of Danish furniture is very functional with its plenty storage ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Secretaires

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Walnut

19th Century Biedermeier Walnut Secretaire. Austria, c. 1825-30.
Located in Vienna, AT
Hello, This elegant and early Austrian Biedermeier secretaire was made circa 1825-30. The Secretaire is an example of beautiful, rare and refined design and excellent craftsmanship....
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Early 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Antique Secretaires

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Brass

Venetian Italian Style Polychrome Secretary Bookcase
Located in Tarry Town, NY
Embrace the timeless charm of this Classic Venetian Style Italian Polychrome Lacquered Hand-Painted two parts Bookcase, a piece of furniture that exudes both artistry and history. Th...
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Early 20th Century Italian Victorian Secretaires

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Wood, Paint

Mahogany and Leather Notary Furniture
Located in Marcq-en-Barœul, Hauts-de-France
This very nice notary furniture is made of mahogany and leather. This is a rare and interesting secretaire with leather drawers. This is a French work. Louis-Philippe period
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1850s French Louis Philippe Antique Secretaires

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Leather, Wood

Antique Oak Housekeeper's Estate Cupboard C1910 - High-Quality Vintage Storage
Located in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
Antique Oak Housekeeper's Estate Cupboard C1910 - High-Quality Storage. This wonderful period piece is solid and strong, with no loose joints or woodworm, and is full of age, charact...
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1910s Vintage Secretaires

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Wood, Oak

Antique American Federal Flame Mahogany Secretary Writing Desk Gothic Bookcase
Located in Dayton, OH
A fine and impressive antique early 19th century Federal Period flame Mahogany secretary and bookcase. The bookcase features an eighteen pane Gothic arched cabinet front that opens ...
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Early 19th Century Federal Antique Secretaires

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Glass, Mahogany

Antique French bureau, desk, secretaire
Located in Maidstone, GB
This has to be the most charming small antique French Bureau I have ever found. Original paint, original decoration.
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Early 20th Century Secretaires

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Wood

19th Century Painted Baroque Style Secretary Commode from Southern Germany
Located in Dallas, TX
Unique secretary commode from Southern Germany in the Baroque style. Hand-carved in the 1800s. Painted more recently. More information coming soon…
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19th Century German Baroque Antique Secretaires

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Wood, Paint

Vintage Maitland-Smith Emerald Green Lacquered Chinoiserie Broken Pediment Secre
Located in Hartville, OH
Magnificent early 1970’s Chinoiserie Secretary Desk in a decadent Emerald Green Lacquer from famed Maitland Smith. Stunning in person. Extraordinary color. Beautiful, beautiful piece...
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1970s American Chinoiserie Vintage Secretaires

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Lacquer

Vintage Mid Century Swedish Rosewood Rolltop Secretary Desk
Located in Detroit, MI
This iconic mid-century Swedish modern Egon Ostergaard rosewood cylinder rolltop secretary desk cabinet was made in Sweden circa 1960. The classic Scandinavian modern design has clea...
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Secretaires

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Brass

19th Century Biedermeier Walnut Secretary with spectacular grain
Located in Stahnsdorf, DE
19th Century Biedermeier Secretary 1830, Germany Walnut Original 19th Century Biedermeier Secretary with spectacular grain of walnut on front and both sides. Ebonized writing flap o...
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Mid-19th Century German Biedermeier Antique Secretaires

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Walnut

Scandinavian secretaire with writing desk
Located in Brescia, IT
Scandinavian chest of drawers with flap and writing desk. ...
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1960s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Vintage Secretaires

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Wood

Vintage Danish Modern Teak Secretary Desk / Vanity by Trekanten
Located in Gardiner, NY
Authentic vintage mid century Danish / Scandinavian Modern teak secretary desk / vanity with mirror / dresser / chest of drawers. By Trekanten. Maker's brand on back. "Danish Furni...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Secretaires

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Teak

Secretaire in Thuja Root Veneer, probably France, circa 1830
Located in Greding, DE
Secretary desk with a white marble top and thuja root veneer. The front of the desk is designed as a highboy, with the top three drawers forming a door. Below, there are three additi...
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1830s French Empire Antique Secretaires

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Marble, Brass

Italian 18th Century Walnut Slant-Front Secretaire with Ash Inlay and Marquetry
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian walnut and ash slant-front secretaire from the 18th century with three drawers and star shaped marquetry. This exquisite 18th-century Italian slant-front secretaire, craft...
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18th Century Italian Antique Secretaires

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Ash, Walnut

19th Century Swedish Mahogany Chiffonje, Writing Agency - Cabinet by Karl Johan
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A 19th Century, antique Swedish Biedermeier writing agency, secretary table made of hand crafted polished, partly veneered Mahogany with a writing flap, designed by Karl-Johan in goo...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Biedermeier Antique Secretaires

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Metal, Brass

Wood and parchment secretaire by Englander & Bonta, Argentina, circa 1940.
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Wood and parchment secretaire by Englander & Bonta, Argentina, circa 1940. Englander & Bonta where two European designer that migrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1930 and manufact...
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1940s Argentine Modern Vintage Secretaires

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Wood, Parchment Paper

Swedish Teak Bookcase with 4 Shelves, 1960s
Located in taranto, IT
bookcase shelf of Swedish production, 1960s, made of metal with teak shelves It measures 132 cm in height, 75 cm in width and 26 cm in depth Very good condition, as shown in photos...
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Secretaires

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Teak

Tessellated Black Marble Brass Inlay Secretary Desk by Maitland Smith
Located in Houston, TX
Maitland Smith 20th Century tessellated black marble Secretary. This phenomenal and monumental cabinet is enrobed in polished black marble with solid brass inlaid Greek key detailing...
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20th Century Hollywood Regency Secretaires

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Malachite, Brass

Mid century EC09 cabinet by Cees Braakman for Pastoe, Netherlands 1950s
Located in ECHT, NL
Model CE09 secretaire cabinet. Designed by Cees Braakman for Pastoe in the 1950s. It has a large compartment with a door, two shelves and two drawers, a smaller compartment with two ...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Secretaires

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Oak

A fine pair of Japanese export lacquer secretaires owned by Sir Stamford Raffles
Located in Amsterdam, NL
'The Stamford Raffles Secretaires.' A pair of Japanese Kyoto-Nagasaki style export lacquer secretaires by ‘Lakwerker Sasaya’ each with the name ‘Ol...
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Early 19th Century Japanese Antique Secretaires

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Gold, Brass

Swedish Gustavian Secratery Hutch
Located in Hollywood, FL
This is an Incredible and Very RARE Swedish Gustavian Secratery Hutch. its been restored and repainted with Milk Paints "Oyster White" its 2 piece, upper and lower. when the des...
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1810s Swedish Gustavian Antique Secretaires

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Pine

American Cherry Slant Front Desk
Located in Bradenton, FL
Very nice early 19th century southern Cherry inlay slant front desk probably Tennessee or Kentucky 1820-30. String inlay on the lid and drawer fronts, inlay banding around the bottom...
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Early 19th Century American Chippendale Antique Secretaires

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Cherry

EXQUISITE EARLY GEORGIAN CIRCA 1760 WRITING BUREAU DESK WiTH GREEN LEATHER TOP
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale this stunning original English circa 1760 Oak writing bureau with green leather writing surface Please not...
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1760s English Georgian Antique Secretaires

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Leather, Oak

Antique 18th Century English Oak Chippendale Slant Drop Front Secretary Desk
Located in Charlotte, NC
An antique 18th Century drop front secretary desk in the Chippendale style, unbranded. Solid oak with brass hardware, slant drop front desk top, pull-out desk top supports, and tall ...
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18th Century American Chippendale Antique Secretaires

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Brass

Blue Painted Oak Secretary, Sweden circa 1770-1800
Located in Round Top, TX
This oak secretary is a striking statement piece with panel doors and serpentine front to the lower three drawers. The entire secretary has been given a professional custom layered blue painted finish which has been gently distressed to reveal the original oak underneath, adding both dimension and character to this bureau. Please examine the photos to appreciate the beauty and texture of the lovely finish. The middle section (with contrasting dark gray painted interior) is the traditional desk which includes a multitude of petite drawers...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Gustavian Antique Secretaires

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Brass

20th Century Inlaid Wood Louis XVI Style Italian Bureau Desk, 1960s
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
Elegant 20th century Italian Louis XVI style bureau. Furniture finely inlaid with floral motifs, spirals, cornucopias and mythological figures in walnut, rosewood, maple, burl, palis...
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1960s Italian Louis XVI Vintage Secretaires

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Wood

19th Century English Mahogany Bureau Bookcase Secretary
Located in Charlottesville, VA
A handsome secretary with great storage. Very nice .
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19th Century British Antique Secretaires

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Mahogany

Rare Bright Green Italian Venetian Painted Rococo Secretary Desk Circa 1940
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a superb green and yellow splash of elegance and color disguised as a secretary desk. The desk is in two pieces and dates to the 1940s era and is in good vintage condition wi...
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1940s Italian Rococo Vintage Secretaires

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Walnut

A Secretaire in Oak with Parquetry Front and Three drawers, Denmark 1950's
Located in London, GB
This beautiful Secretaire from Denmark dates back to the 1950's and is crafted from high-quality oak wood. The intricate parquetry front adds a touch of elegance and sophistication t...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Secretaires

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Oak

Early 19th Century French Empire Secretary, Mahogany and Ormolu Fittings, c 1820
Located in Greven, DE
19th Century Empire Secretary France Mahogany Empire around 1820 Dimensions: H x W x D: 143 x 97 x 49 cm Description: Very fine French writing desk with delicate dimensions and a ...
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Early 19th Century French Empire Antique Secretaires

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Bronze

Mid-Century Danish Rosewood Secretaire: A Treasure Trove of Modern Design
Located in Alcoy, Alicante
Unveil the elegance and functionality of mid-century Danish design with this exceptional rosewood secretaire, circa 1960s. This versatile piece, meticulously crafted from rich rosewo...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Secretaires

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Rosewood

Antique Neoclassical American Empire Flame Mahogany Secretary Desk C1840
Located in Big Flats, NY
***Ask About Reduced In-House Delivery Rates - Reliable Professional Service & Fully Insured*** Antique Neoclassical American Empire Flame Mahogany Secretary with Upper Double Glass ...
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Mid-19th Century Greco Roman Antique Secretaires

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Mahogany, Glass

vintage secretary desk cupboard 60s Sweden
By Bröderna Gustafssons
Located in GRONINGEN, NL
vintage secretary desk cupboard 60s Sweden period 60's design Bröderna Gustafsson Sweden condition good light signs of use size 95 x 90 x 48 (hxwxd) details teak; brass;...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Secretaires

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Brass

Mid-Century English Pine Chinese Chippendale Style Carved Pine Secretary Desk
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a mid-century Chinese Chippendale style carved pine secretary. It is purported to be English, and it has glass shelves. The drawers do have dovetail construction, and it is t...
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Mid-20th Century English Chinese Chippendale Secretaires

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Pine

19th Century Empire Drop-Front Oak Secretary Desk or Abattant, Chest France
Located in Miami, FL
Secretaire a abattant, France circa 1820, Biedermeier period. The outside with fall front and two drawers flanked by two ebonized columns shows a beautiful oak veneer design. The woo...
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Early 19th Century French Biedermeier Antique Secretaires

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Bronze

20th Century Swedish Birchwood Writing Agency - Chest Attributed to Axel Larsson
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vintage Swedish Art Deco secretary made of hand crafted polished, partly veneered Birchwood, designed most likely by Axel Larsson in good condition. The Scandinavian cupboard, cabi...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Art Deco Secretaires

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Metal, Brass

Antique, New and Vintage Secretaires

Your antique, new or vintage secretary desk has become the (chic) saving grace of the "new normal" at home.

Simply put, a secretary desk is a multifunctional piece of furniture with a hinged writing surface that folds open or drops down. When the leaf is folded out, small inner storage compartments — pigeonholes, cubbies, recesses or drawers — are revealed.

Traditionally, a secretary is composed of two parts — a chest of drawers on the bottom and a cabinet with shelves on the top. Taking its name from the French word for the piece, secrétaire, the secretary desk dates back to the 18th century, when Paris-based cabinetmaker Jean-François Oeben, known for his exquisite marquetry and clever mechanical desks, is thought to have invented the secrétaire à abbattant, or drop-leaf desk.

While the defining drop-down feature of the secretary desk has remained constant, the materials used, as well as its configuration, size and style have evolved over time.

At first, secretaries were typically made from exotic woods, like rosewood, tulipwood and kingwood; later, hardwoods like cherry, maple, oak and mahogany were more common. The desks also became lighter, with space carved out of the lower half for the writer’s feet or with drawers replaced by legs — making them more table-like.

When open, the secretary is a dynamic, versatile Wunderkammer. When closed, it’s a sophisticated, space-saving piece of furniture.

“A fine secretary with a good provenance adds stature and credence to its owner — it is a cornerstone piece,” says antiques dealer Stanley Weiss, who specializes in 18th- and 19th-century English and American furniture. “In this disposable world, fine furniture is always passed on and speaks to who its owner is.”

No matter what style or period you choose, and no matter how you decide to use it, the timeless, flexible secretary desk is bound to become an indispensable part of your daily routine.

Browse a range of antique and vintage secretary desks on 1stDibs, including mid-century modern secretaires, Georgian secretaires and others.

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