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19th Century French Empire Secretaire "a Abattant"

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19th century French Empire Secretaire "a Abattant" walnut root and bronzes Measures: 147cm x 105cm x 51cm good condition for the age The fall front desk can be considered the cousin of the secretary desk. Both have a main working surface or desktop which does double duty as a cover to seal up papers and other items located in small shelves or small drawers placed one on top of the other in front of the user. Thus, all working papers, documents and other items have to be stored before the desk is closed. Unlike the secretary desk, the fall front desk's desktop panel is in a perfectly vertical position when in its closed position. Often, there are no additional shelves or drawers above the section which is enclosed by the desktop. Thus, the fall front desk is identical in shape to a Bargueño desk which would have been placed on a stand of drawers, or more precisely to the form known as Desk on a chest or as "chest-on chest". The fall front desk or secretaire " a abattant " is also called a drop front desk or drop-front desk, and sometimes also a drop lid desk. Scrutoire and scriptoire are ancient variations. The "secrétaire à abattant" is a nearly identical form, but usually in a French style such as Louis XV, Art Deco, etc. In the early 19th century, Shaker communities produced a tall and plain variation which is often known as a "cupboard desk".    

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  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    1850-1890
  • Condition Details
    Secretaire in very good condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 147 in. x W 105 in. x D 51 in.H 373.38 cm x W 266.7 cm x D 129.54 cm
  • Seller Location
    Madrid , ES
  • Reference Number
    LU4980116298391
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