North German Fall-Front Secretary in Pine and Birch, circa 1850 For Sale
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North German Fall-Front Secretary in Pine and Birch, circa 1850

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A handsome pine chest with fall front secretary offering a series of smaller drawers with pulls whose fascia is in flame birch. A small central cabinet is flanked by two open cubbies. Fall front is the perfect size for lap top. Doubles as a chest of drawers and a work surface! All of our pine antiques can be painted in a Gustavian pallet upon request. European pine furniture was originally painted in faux bois wood grained finishes to simulate their urban counterparts that were veneered. The pine pieces from the various periods tend to be less restricted in form and more whimsical. They were produced throughout Europe, North Germany being no exception. This secretary would have had a faux grained or a painted finish at one time. These pieces were the peoples furniture and were produced in mass in Eastern German factories during the reform period or Gründerzeit period of 1887-1900. We can loosely refer to this secretary as Late Biedermeier as it is of the period and form of High Biedermier furniture but much less sophisticated and informal then its urban counterpart. Scrubbed pine is a term used for European pine furniture that has been dipped or scrubbed with caustic soda or Lye to remove previous layers of paint to reveal the original pine. It is then neutralized with acetic acid (white vinegar) rinsed off with water and set to dry. Once dry and restored the surfaces are lightly sanded and given a simple wax or oil finish. Measures: 45" wide x 19" deep x 48 1/2" high. Height of work surface from floor when open: 30".

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  • Condition Details
    Scrubbed European Pine with birch wood interior. While beautiful and old, brass exterior pulls date from the late 1800's. (4) working locks (2) keys.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 48.5 in. x W 45 in. x D 19 in.H 123.19 cm x W 114.3 cm x D 48.26 cm
  • Seller Location
    Miami, FL
  • Seller Reference Number
    SEC00131
  • Reference Number
    LU988113757782
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