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Secretaires For Sale
Small French Directoire Cherry Secretary, Cherry Stained, Cream Leather Pad
Located in Landivy, FR
This Secretary is a handmade modernized interpretation of the French Directoire style at the end of the 18th century. This period is remarkable with its straight, classical and timel...
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2010s French Neoclassical Secretaires

Materials

Leather, Wood, Cherry, Lacquer

Swedish Art Deco Cabinet with Secretaire in Walnut Veneer and Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Cabinet, walnut veneer, oak, bakelite, metal, Sweden, 1930s Swedish Grace cabinet with secretaire in walnut veneer and oak. The high-quality piece satisfied with a design that could...
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1930s Swedish Art Deco Vintage Secretaires

Materials

Metal

Art Deco Cabinet / Secretary, Made by a Danish Cabinetmaker, Early 20th Century
Located in Odense, DK
Rare Art Deco cabinet / secretary in beech and birch. Made by a Danish Cabinetmaker in 1930 - 1940s. Great craftmanship with such Fine details. Beautiful structure and wood grains. T...
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Early 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Secretaires

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Beech, Birch

Lyra Secretary desk antique Viennese Biedermeier Style Birdseye maple veneer
Located in Berlin, DE
Princely Lyra secretary Viennese Biedermeier style 1815 High quality bird's-eye maple root on massive coniferous wood.  
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20th Century Austrian Biedermeier Secretaires

Materials

Birdseye Maple

Small Secretary Desk, France, circa 1900
Located in Chorzów, PL
A small secretary, France, circa 1900. Very good condition. Wood: walnut Dimensions: height: 94 cm, width: 49 cm, depth: 34 cm.
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Early 1900s French Louis Philippe Antique Secretaires

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Walnut

French Inlaid Wood and Bronze with Marble Top Secretaire, 19th Century
By French Foundry Pierret-Depaix et Cie
Located in SITTINGBOURNE, Kent
Here a French inlaid wood and bronze with marble top secretaire, 19th century in solid wood, bronze and marble top The furniture is equipped with 4 drawers and fall-front. Interior ...
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Late 20th Century French Napoleon III Secretaires

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Wood

"Swedish Grace" Period Secretary
Located in New York, NY
Grace was the inspiration for this lovely birch secretary which makes working from home a joy! Three locking drawers sit beneath a generous drop-front with 6 interior drawers, a pair...
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1920s Swedish Art Deco Vintage Secretaires

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Birch

Antique Country French Louis XIV Secretary
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique Country French Louis XIV Secretary is a splendid choice for providing a convenient work surface and storage in any room, especially the bedroom and kitchen! Very popular as a...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XIV Secretaires

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Oak

Frisian Baroque Oakwood Bureau, Mid-18th Century
Located in Virum, DK
The Frisian bureau is in excellent condition with bracket feet and curved front on either side. It still retains the original brass hardware drawer pulls. The inlaid Frisian stars ar...
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Mid-18th Century Dutch Baroque Antique Secretaires

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Oak

19th Century Hand Painted Secretary with Hidden Drawers and Floral Decorations
Located in Sofia, BG
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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Early 19th Century French Antique Secretaires

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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18th Century Italian Rococo Antique Secretaires

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Walnut

European Whitewashed Secretary Bookcase
Located in Westwood, NJ
A wonderful designed modernized 18th century style secretary bookcase with a whitewashed exterior, with a carved cartouche mounted the center of the arched and molded crown with carv...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Country Secretaires

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Wood

1800s Folklore Secretary
Located in Memphis, TN
Add a little magic to your home with this hand painted, folklore secretary from the 1800s. Features slanted flap with drawer interior behind and five drawers. What's most fun about t...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Antique Secretaires

Materials

Wood, Paint

Johannes Andersen Teak Secretary Dresser
Located in San Diego, CA
This is an understated piece that, would be great for an entryway or used as a desk. Gorgeous old-growth teak and finger pull add to its restrained style. UNUSAL DANISH DESIGN. SLIDE...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Secretaires

Materials

Teak

Vintage Danish Mid-Century Modern Secretary Bookcase in Rosewood by Johannes Sor
Located in San Marcos, CA
Here is a very sought after Scandinavian modern secretary desk designed by Johannes Sorth for Nexxo Mobelfabrik in Denmark in the 1960's. This exquisite piece, in Brazilian rosewood,...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Secretaires

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Rosewood

18th Century German Burr Elm and Walnut Secretary, with Ebonized Trim and Inlaid
Located in North Miami, FL
18th Century German burr elm and walnut secretary, adorned with ebonized trim and inlaid decorations and patterns. A pair of paneled doors over three small cupboards with beautiful d...
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18th Century German Antique Secretaires

Materials

Wood, Walnut, Burl

John Stuart Two-Drawer White Lacquered Campaign Wood Desk with X-Chrome Base
Located in North Miami, FL
This newly restored vintage John Stuart campaign 2 drawer desk and or writing desk is white lacquered over wood with chrome handles and 2 X-frame bases. It was manufactured by the We...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Secretaires

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Chrome

Hepplewhite Style Apprentice Miniature Secretary Chest
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting a stunning Hepplewhite style apprentice miniature secretary chest. Made in England circa 1900-10 this piece is a miniature of much larger pieces in the same style. B...
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Early 20th Century English Hepplewhite Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany

Light Gray 18th Century Period Swedish Two Part Secretary with Carved Pediment
Located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
18th century period two part wood secretary with a decorative carved pediment. Two carved front doors open to storage, and beneath a fall front door opens to a weighting desk with va...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Gilbert Rohde Paldao Secretary Display Case for Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Bookcase with drop-front secretary desk and storage drawers in paldao wood. Glass dividers separate storage compartments, and cork-lined back. Retains Herman Miller tag. Great origin...
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Secretaires

Materials

Paldao

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 Empire Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Italian Mahogany Cabinet Secretary, 1950s
Located in Meda, MB
Precious cabinet secretary produced in Italy in the 1950s, The whole cabinet is veneered in mahogany with a fine solid wood carving in the center of the two doors representing two b...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany, Maple

Vintage Danish Filing Cabinet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Handsome vintage Danish Modern filing cabinet. This piece features teak woodgrain, inset handles, a locking mechanism w/ keys and plenty of storage for all of your filing needs. Plea...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Mahogany Secretary Desk, Northern Europe, 1900s
Located in Chorzów, PL
The antique, stylish secretary was made of mahogany wood in the 1927. A neat piece of furniture for the office in the company or at home, a little forgotten today and not fully disc...
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1920s Swedish Biedermeier Vintage Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany

1800s Tall Secretary with Lower Chest of Drawers
Located in Memphis, TN
1800s Tall secretary with lower chest of drawers. Gorgeous wood grain on dresser face, bun feet, original hardware (some hardware missing). Measures: H 56.5" W 45" D 19.5".
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Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Antique Secretaires

Materials

Wood

HENREDON Folio 10 Burl Walnut Chippendale Secretary Desk
Located in Charlotte, NC
A Chippendale style secretary desk by Henredon, from their Folio 10 Collection. Burl walnut with brass hardware, double bonnet top, crown moulding, banded desk front and bracket feet...
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Late 20th Century Chippendale Secretaires

Materials

Brass

Danish Modern Rosewood Secretary Desk by Arne Wahl Iversen, 1960s
Located in Asaa, DK
Danish modern rosewood secretary desk by Arne Wahl Iversen 1960s Beautiful rosewood secretaire model No. 68 designed by Danish architect Arne Wahl Iversen and manufactured by Vind...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Secretaires

Materials

Rosewood

18th Century Fall top Desk (Secretaire a Abattant) Paris 1780, with Signature
Located in Belmont, MA
Exquisite secretaire a abattant (fall top desk), Paris 1780, kingwood and rosewood veneer on the outside. The inside additionally with mahogany veneer. With the original marble top a...
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1770s French Louis XVI Antique Secretaires

Materials

Kingwood, Mahogany, Rosewood

19th Century Stunning George IV Period 4-Door Secretaire Library Bookcase
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this George IV period mahogany Secretaire Library bookcase, circa 1825. The moulded cornice above four astragal glazed doors opening to adjustable ...
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1820s European George IV Antique Secretaires

Materials

Glass, Mahogany

Black Ebonized French Empire Secretary with Silver-Plated Fitting and Marble Top
Located in Vienna, AT
Antique ebonized Empire secretary with silver-plated bronze fittings and original black marble top. The piece was made in France in the 19th century and is a perfect example of the...
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1850s French Empire Antique Secretaires

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Marble, Silver, Bronze

Small Walnut Drop Front Secretaire with Black Painted Inside with Key
Located in Washington, DC
Small walnut drop front Secretaire with black painted inside. With key. (The flap is 25 inches deep when dropped down)
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Early 1800s French Antique Secretaires

Materials

Paint, Walnut

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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19th Century Dutch Antique Secretaires

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Oak, Paint

Danish Modern Walnut Secretary Desk
Located in Pasadena, TX
Danish Modern Walnut Secretary Standing Desk Pull down cabinet that can serve as standing desk One shelf Four solid walnut tapered legs
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1960s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Secretaires

Materials

Teak

19th Century Rosewood Ladies Secretary
Located in Opole, PL
We present you an 19th century ladies secretary. Made of rosewood and veneered inside with mahogany. This piece of furniture is of concave-convex shapes. From the front, it is closed...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Secretaires

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Late 18th Century Classicist Cherry Wood Chest of Drawers
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
Classicist chest of drawers with desk. Southern Germany/Austria, around 1790. Solidly made of cherry wood. Rectangular corpus with 2 drawers and slightly overhanging profiled top ...
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Late 18th Century German Louis XVI Antique Secretaires

Materials

Pine, Cherry

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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Late 18th Century French Empire Antique Secretaires

Materials

Marble

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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18th Century Swedish Rococo Antique Secretaires

Materials

Paint

Swedish 19th Century Burr Birch Secretaire Chest of Drawers
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Swedish 19th century burr birch secretaire chest of drawers circa 1870. Stunning 4 drawer chest of drawers which has been beautifully veneered in burr birch and maintains its rich...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Victorian Antique Secretaires

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Birch

18th Century British Regency Bureau Chiffonier in Manner of Gillows
Located in Dallas, TX
Fantastic piece in impeccable condition. Regency exotic hardwood bureau or secretaire desk or cabinet of lovely proportions. From circa 1790. The top portion consists of an open colu...
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Late 18th Century English Regency Antique Secretaires

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Rosewood

Dutch Marquetry Burl Walnut Bombay Figural and Foliage Inlaid Desk, Circa 1850
Located in Charleston, SC
Dutch Marquetry burl walnut Bombay figural and foliage desk with exotic exterior inlays, fitted interior, three lower case drawers, original urn brasses, carved scalloped skirt, and ...
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1850s Dutch Dutch Colonial Antique Secretaires

Materials

Brass

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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19th Century Swedish Gustavian Antique Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Classicist/Empire Clapperboard Secretary, circa 1790
Located in Berlin, DE
Classicist/Empire clapperboard secretary, circa 1790 Solid wood veneered with walnut. High-quality top on short tapered square legs, straight two-tier body, sloping writing flap a...
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Late 18th Century German Empire Antique Secretaires

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Walnut, Wood

Georgian Mahogany Tallboy
Located in Norwich, GB
Georgian flame mahogany Tallboy with canted, fluted corners, secrétaire break front with beautifully fitted interior, standing on bracket feet with brass handles, c.1760.
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1760s British Georgian Antique Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany

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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Late 18th Century Swedish Gustavian Antique Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Historic Secretary, Northern Europe, circa 1910
Located in Chorzów, PL
Ancient secretary from the beginning of the 20th century. Dimensions: height 92 cm / width 72 cm / depth. 45 cm.
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1910s Swedish Vintage Secretaires

Materials

Walnut

19th Century French Louis Philippe Period Pine Secretary
Located in Dallas, TX
Handcrafted during the 19th century, this French Louis Philippe period pine secretary is ideal for the casual decor with its clean lines and sublime functionality. The tailored lines...
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1840s French Louis Philippe Antique Secretaires

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Pine

Early 19th Century Georgian Bleached Pine Breakfront Bookcase
Located in Essex, MA
Wonderfully presented Georgian bleached pine breakfront bookcase. George II carved egg and dart in upper and middle moldings. Raw pine and finish may be original with cleaning over t...
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Early 19th Century English Georgian Antique Secretaires

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Pine

Danish Teak Bookcase, Desk Secretary by Poul Hundevad
Located in Pasadena, CA
This gorgeous secretary was designed by one of the premier Danish Mid-Century designers, Poul Hundevad. As many of the mid-century designers were, Hundevad was inspired by the past f...
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Late 20th Century Danish Secretaires

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Teak

Secretaire "a Abbatant" Napoleon III Empire, 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Title: Secretaire "a Abbatant" Date/Period: 19th century Dimension: 147cm x 105cm x 51cm. Material: Mahogany wood Additional Information: Secretaire "a Abbatant" French, Empire S...
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Early 19th Century European Empire Antique Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Regency Style Maitland Smith Flame Mahogany Burl Two Part Secretary Desk
Located in Plainview, NY
This stunning Regency style Maitland Smith flame mahogany secretary desk has two parts. The upper part is a two sectional glass door cabinet with one glass shelf and two adjustable i...
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1980s Philippine Regency Vintage Secretaires

Materials

Brass

19th Century German Biedermeier Secretary with Columns, circa 1815
Located in Greven, DE
Writing cabinet with portico structure. South Germany Pear tree Biedermeier around 1815 Dimensions: H x W x D: 174 x 95 x 49 cm Description: Strictly cubist piece of furn...
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Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Antique Secretaires

Materials

Birch, Pearwood

National Trust John Locke Secretaire
Located in Asheville, NC
This very rare Kindel reproduction is part of The National for Historic Preservation Collection, The Cliveden desk and bookcase is truly a masterpiece. An outstanding example of the ...
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Mid-20th Century American Rococo Secretaires

Queen Anne Japanned Secretary Bookcase
Located in Essex, MA
With double arched top over a pair of arched mirror doors opening to a red interior fitted with drawers and shelves, the base with slant lid desk opening to expose a fitted interior ...
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1720s English Queen Anne Antique Secretaires

Materials

Oak

Antique Baroque Style Top Desk Fully Inlaid
Located in Berlin, DE
With rich marquetry in this version, it is very rare to find such a similar piece of furniture. The cupboard stands on paw feet, high-quality maceteria inlays on all sides, i.e. inla...
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20th Century Italian Baroque Secretaires

Materials

Wood

Mid Century Bentwood Desk by Paul Goldman for Plymold 1946
Located in Oakland, CA
Streamlined midcentury desk of Bentwood construction by designer Paul Goldman for Plymold. This unique and beautiful treatment of wood furniture was developed by Goldman, a master bo...
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1940s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Secretaires

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Bentwood

Pull-Out Desk Top Borge Mogensen Danish Teak Bookcase Tambour Door Secretary
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Borge Mogensen early Mid-Century Modern Danish teak desk. The stately piece has a deep red-orange patina from over half a century of age. No press board composite material on this. I...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Secretaires

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Teak

Mahogany and Gilt Ormalou Secretaire Abattant Strongly Attributed to S. Jamar
By S. Jamar, London 1
Located in Stamford, CT
A very impressive Secretaire Abattant with exceptional ormalou mounts including a rare buttlerfly form. The same mounts can be seen on pieces of S. Jamar furniture in "Pictorial Dict...
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1820s English Empire Antique Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany

Secretary Desk with Storage Spaces, Scandinavian Design by Eric Gizard
Located in Landivy, FR
This Secretaire desk is designed by the famous parisian Designer Eric Gizard and delivered fully mounted. The dimensions of the box itself are width 90 cm / 35.4'' x height 90 cm...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Scandinavian Modern Secretaires

Materials

Wood, Ash, Lacquer

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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