James Mont Cinnabar Lacquered Secretaire

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Extremely rare, possibly one of a kind, secretary cabinet with bookcase by the godfather of exotic modernism, James Mont, circa 1950. Hand rubbed cinnabar lacquered finish with applied hand-carved giltwood embellishments. Mont's lacquer finishes are famously complex and often built up in more than a dozen or so layers, each layer laboriously hand buffed before the next application. These tones present as a burnt orange and appear almost to have been airbrushed. The structure itself is in two sections - the two door bookcase above with two adjustable shelves and the cabinet below with slanted sides and slant front writing desk above a single large drawer, on four tapered square legs. Two hidden horizontal supports slide out of the cabinet to support the writing surface. Writing area is fitted with slots and cubbies and two little drawers. In this unique secretary, James Mont appears to have synthesized his penchant for orientalist chinoiserie motifs with the Silhouette of the Italian Rococo.

N.B. From the same estate we have also acquired a dramatic large James Mont cinnabar lacquered console server cabinet with gilded chinoiserie grille screen which we will be presenting shortly.
Details
Creator
James Mont (Designer)
Of the Period
Mid-Century Modern
Place of Origin
United States
Date of Manufacture
circa 1955
Period
1950-1959
Condition
Good. Very good original vintage condition. We have matched the lacquer and have touched up any chips and have buff polished the finish..
Wear
Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
Dimensions
85.5 in. H x 47 in. W x 19.5 in. D
217 cm H x 119 cm W x 50 cm D
Dealer Location
Weymouth, MA
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU88667508193
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