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Baroque Secretaires

BAROQUE STYLE

The decadence of the Baroque style, in which ornate furnishings were layered against paneled walls, painted ceilings, stately chandeliers and, above all, gilding, expressed the power of the church and monarchy through design that celebrated excess. And its influence was omnipresent — antique Baroque furniture was created in the first design style that truly had a global impact.

Theatrical and lavish, Baroque was prevalent across Europe from the 17th to mid-18th century and spread around the world through colonialism, including in Asia, Africa and the Americas. While Baroque originated in Italy and achieved some of its most fantastic forms in the late-period Roman Baroque, it was adapted to meet the tastes and materials in each region. French Baroque furniture informed Louis XIV style and added drama to Versailles. In Spain, the Baroque movement influenced the elaborate Churrigueresque style in which architecture was dripping with ornamental details. In South German Baroque, furniture was made with bold geometric patterns.

Compared to Renaissance furniture, which was more subdued in its proportions, Baroque furniture was extravagant in all aspects, from its shape to its materials.

Allegorical and mythical figures were often sculpted in the wood, along with motifs like scrolling floral forms and acanthus leaves that gave the impression of tangles of dense foliage. Novel techniques and materials such as marquetry, gesso and lacquer — which were used with exotic woods and were employed by cabinetmakers such as André-Charles Boulle, Gerrit Jensen and James Moore — reflected the growth of international trade. Baroque furniture characteristics include a range of decorative elements — a single furnishing could feature everything from carved gilded wood to gilt bronze, lending chairs, mirrors, console tables and other pieces a sense of motion.

Find a collection of authentic antique Baroque tables, lighting, decorative objects and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Baroque
18th Century German Baroque Secretaire, Walnut, Circa 1750
Located in Greven, DE
Dimensions: H x W x D: 233 x 117 x 69 cm Description: Two-piece top secretary from the Baroque period circa 1750. The three-bay base is curved in the front, the discreetly acc...
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Mid-18th Century German Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

Baroque Secretaire, Berne 'Switzerland' 1750
By Mathaeus Funk
Located in Belmont, MA
Exquisite Baroque secretaire, Berne (Switzerland) 1750, beautiful walnut veneer. Original brass fittings. In the style of Swiss cabinetmaker Mathaeus Funk (1697-1783). In very good c...
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1750s Swiss Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

Baroque Bureau /Secretary Denmark c 1750
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Baroque secretary /bureau in two parts. Upper cabinet with curved top, pair of doors with marked profiled fillings. Top of the doors is followed by the top of the bureau. Bottom w...
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Mid-18th Century Danish Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Oak

Danish Baroque Bureau / secretair
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Danish baroque bureau in two parts in oak, painted in dark grey. Upper cupboard with swan neck top and a pair of baroque doors with fillings. Lower part with four drawers (three larg...
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Mid-18th Century Danish Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Oak

Extraordinary Italian Parquetry Bureau Cabinet Trumeaux Rome, 1740
Located in Rome, IT
Outstanding Italian walnut, parquetry bureau cabinet fruitwood inlaid with scrolling foliage, The upper section with a shaped carved cresting centered by a cartouche-shaped mirror w...
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Early 18th Century Italian Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Wood, Walnut

Spanish Cabinet "Bargueño" Walnut, Wrought Iron, Stone, 17th Century
Located in Miami, FL
The rectangular locker rests on chest with legs, and has four drawers decorated with diamonds that lock and fittings and shield shown horseshoe. Answer a type called "Salamanca desk"...
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17th Century Spanish Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

18th Century German Tabernacle Secretary, Walnut, Birchroot, Baroque, circa 1735
Located in Greven, DE
Baroque tabernacle secretary with rich marquetry Palatinate / Trier Walnut, birch burl a.o. Baroque around 1735 Dimensions: H x W x D: 190 x 126 x 79 cm Description: Very r...
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1730s German Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Birch, Maple, Walnut

18th-19th Century Black Swedish Gustavian Two Part Pinewood Bureau, Secretaire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A 18th - 19th Century, black, antique Swedish Gustavian two part bureau with a writing flap made of hand crafted Pinewood, in good condition. The Scandinavian secretaire is composed ...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Metal, Bronze

Antique Italian Baroque Style Burl Walnut Secretary Cabinet
Located in Miami, FL
Italian Baroque style walnut veneer secretary cabinet, early 20th century. The top part of the cabinet over slant-front desk with writing compartments, all-over bombe form two short ...
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Early 20th Century Italian Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut, Mirror

18th Century Baroque Secretary, Tabernacle, Walnut, Plum, Maple, Austria c. 1750
Located in Greven, DE
Baroque tabernacle secretary with figural marquetry Austria Walnut, plum, maple Baroque around 1750 Dimensions: 192 x 133 x 75 cm Description: Magnificent and exceptionally beauti...
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Mid-18th Century Austrian Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Maple, Walnut

Baroque Secretary Desk, Germany 1750, walnut
Located in Belmont, MA
This beautiful Baroque Secretary Desk comes from Southern Germany and dates back to 1760/70. The secretaure has a gorgeous walnut veneer grain. The upper part has a sloping writing f...
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1760s German Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

Italian Olive Burl Wood Bombe Secretary with Matching Chair
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous Italian bombe drop front secretary cabinet in olive wood with the matching chair. Two drawers with brass hardware and exquisite cabriole legs. Expert craftsmanship and desig...
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1940s Italian Vintage Baroque Secretaires

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Brass

18th Century Swedish Baroque Secretaire
Located in Charleston, SC
18th century Swedish late Baroque secretaire in original gorgeous blue/green patinated color with slant front desk with a fitted interior over the two long and two smaller drawer bas...
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Mid-18th Century Swedish Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Bronze

Antique 18th Century Dutch Oak Drop Front Bombe Secretary Desk Secretaire
Located in Casteren, NL
A beautiful Dutch Baroque style secretary with a 3-drawer bombe front and carved ball and claw feet. The drop front opens up to reveal an oak writing area and stepped drawers. This ...
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Late 18th Century Dutch Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Brass

Antique Venetian Paint Decorated Secretary Bookcase
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A tall cabinet made in two parts in blue paint with polychrome painted floral and gilt figural decoration. With a serpentine baroque crest with a gilt landscape in the center cartouc...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Wood

Rare English Secretary Navy from the 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Rare English secretary navy. from the 19th century, in camphor wood, yellow metal hardware, top covered in leather. Dim.: 80 x 135 x 76 cm good conditions.
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19th Century English Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Wood

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

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Wood

Ferdinando Pogliani Atrib. 19th Century Restored
Located in Madrid, ES
Ferdinando Pogliani Atrib. Amazing Italian Secretaire 19th Century. Perfect condition. RESTORED Wood, precious stones Measures: 170cm x 104cm x 52cm.
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19th Century Italian Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Precious Stone, Wood

Late 19th Century Spanish Walnut Bureau Bookcase ‘Secretaire’
Located in Miami, FL
A late 19th century Spanish Walnut Bureau bookcase ‘secretaire’ with fretwork open swan neck pediment, centred by a shaped finial, above a pair of doors, slant front enclosed writing...
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Late 19th Century Spanish Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

Baroque Cabinet with Secretary Desk, Germany 18th Century
Located in Belmont, MA
Baroque cabinet with Secretary desk, coming from Southern Germany and dating back to end of the 18th century. In two parts, the top with hinged door opening to adjusting shelves wi...
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1770s German Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

Late 18th Century Swedish Baroque Pine Secretary Desk
Located in Kramfors, SE
Baroque secretary desk from northern Sweden made during the late 1700s. The secretary is pine and has distressed paint and a warm time-worn patina. The surface and character of the w...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Pine

Late 19th Century Spanish Walnut Bureau Bookcase ‘Secretaire’
Located in Miami, FL
A late 19th century Spanish Walnut Bureau bookcase ‘secretaire’ with fretwork open swan neck pediment, centred by a shaped finial, above a pair of doors, slant front enclosed writing...
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Late 19th Century Spanish Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

Italian Baroque Ebonized and Eglomise Bureau Cabinet
Located in Essex, MA
Slightly arched top that may have held a bust at some point, over a middle section with drawers with reverse painted panels with scenes of ancient towns and ruins with a central mirr...
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1690s Italian Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Pine

Portuguese Secretairefrom the 20th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Secretaire Portuguese from the 20th century, in carved chestnut wood. Some defects. Dim.: 120 x 84 x 44 cm.
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20th Century Portuguese Baroque Secretaires

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Wood

Portuguese Secretaire 18th Century in Carved Brazilian Rosewood
Located in Madrid, ES
Portuguese secretaire 18th Century In carved Brazilian rosewood and mahogany Folding top, interior with central door, drawers and pigeonholes, box with Wavy front with 5 drawers...
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18th Century Portuguese Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Rosewood

Portuguese Secretaire of the 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Portuguese Secretaire of the 19th Century, in mahogany wood with inlays. Bottom with two drawers. Elevation with two shelves. Small defects Dim.: 105 x 89 x 56 cm. very good co...
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19th Century Portuguese Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Wood

18th Century Grey Swedish Two Part Pale Oakwood Secretaire, Scandinavian Commode
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A blue-grey, richly hand carved Oakwood, two part a deux Scandinavian secretaire or secretary desk with original locks and brass hardware, in good condition. The top of the commode h...
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Mid-18th Century Swedish Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Metal, Brass

Italian early 18th century Baroque Walnut Secretary-Bookcase
Located in Troy, NY
Italian secretary with beautiful, thick walnut radica veneer, wonderful color, ebonized moldings, most likely retaining the original mirror plates. The two upper doors open to reveal...
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Early 18th Century Italian Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

18th Century, Italian Walnut Wood Chest of Drawers with Secrétaire
Located in IT
18th century, Italian walnut wood chest of drawers with secrétaire The elegant small chest of drawers with secrétaire was built in the Venetian area in the first half of the 18th ce...
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Early 18th Century Italian Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Nutwood

18th-19th Century Grey Russian Two Part Bureau, Baroque Oakwood Secretaire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A 18th - 19th century, antique Russian two part bureau made of hand carved Oakwood, designed and produced by an unknown carpenter from St. Petersburg, in good condition. The vintage ...
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Late 18th Century Russian Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Metal, Bronze

Flemish Style Bombe Secretary Bookcase by Marge Carson
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A large and flamboyant cabinet in the Flemish style, by Marge Carson, Inc., 2004. In a fine distressed ecru with gilt trim finish. The scrolled crest rail with a shell center over do...
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Early 2000s American Baroque Secretaires

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Glass, Wood

17th Century Spanish Vargueno with Decoupage Exterior on Baroque Style Base
Located in Milford, NH
An exceptional Spanish vargueno or collector cabinet with a sophisticated assemblage of decorated drawers and cabinets on the interior with columnar accents. The exterior with except...
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17th Century Spanish Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Wrought Iron

Dutch Secretary Desk, Around 1800, Mahogany
Located in Belmont, MA
Dutch secretary desk, Netherlands, around 1800. This elegantly curved secretary desk has three spacious drawers in the lower part. The writing flap opens to a beautiful interior w...
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1790s Dutch Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Mahogany

Baroque Secretary Desk, Switzerland 1750, Walnut
Located in Belmont, MA
Baroque secretary desk, Switzerland, 1750. This gorgeous baroque secretary desk stands out for its very pretty walnut veneer. The writing flap opens to an elegant interior with vari...
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1750s Swiss Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

18th Century Italian Walnut Parquetry Important Bureau Cabinet Trumeaux
Located in Rome, IT
An Italian walnut, parquetry bureau cabinet fruitwood inlaid with scrolling foliage, The upper section with a shaped carved cresting, a shaped doors opening to reveal three shelves,...
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Early 18th Century Italian Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Wood

Courtly Baroque Secretary Johann Jakob Kieser, Mannheim, around 1760
Located in Bamberg, DE
Courtly Baroque secretary Johann Jakob Kieser, Mannheim, around 1760 This exquisitely crafted secretary from the work of the court cabinet maker Jakob Kieser (1734-1786) is situate...
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Mid-18th Century German Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Wood

Danish Baroque Oakwood Bureau with Iron Handles, Late 18th Century
Located in Virum, DK
A Danish Baroque oakwood bureau with iron handles, late 18th century.
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Late 18th Century Danish Antique Baroque 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 Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Oak

Courtly Writing Cabinet, Michael Kimmel, 18th Century, Germany
Located in Bamberg, DE
Dresden, around 1750 Workshop of Michael Kimmel, (1715-1794). After his apprenticeship in Zittau, Kimmel worked at the imperial court in Vienna for six years. In Dresden he worked ...
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Mid-18th Century German Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Wood

19th Century Large German Baroque Style Secretary a Deux Corps
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
Large German Provincial Baroque secretary a Deux corps from the Eifel region. Probably a one-off production from the 19th century. Solidly handcrafted from different types of wood (i...
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Early 19th Century German Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Hardwood, Maple, Pine, Oak

Swedish Baroque Secretary Hutch
Located in Hollywood, FL
This is a Swedish Baroque secretary hutch. It was found at an Estate Auction in Uppsala, Sweden.
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1870s Swedish Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Wood

18th Century, Italian Inlaid Wood Chest of Drawers with Secretaire
Located in IT
18th century, Italian inlaid wood chest of drawers with secretaire This chest of drawers with secretaire represents the elegant production of Piedmontese (Turin – north of Italy)...
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Early 18th Century Italian Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Wood

18th Century Danish Late Baroque Secretaire
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Fine 18th century Danish late Baroque secretaire in its original finish with three drawers in the bottom half. The desk compartment features four drawers and the top vitrine has two ...
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18th Century Danish Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Wood

Baroque Walnut Secretaire, 18th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Italian secretaire standing on bracket feet with four drawers and trapezoidal top with an inclined flap. The walnut veneer is contrasted with panel-shaped frames and decorated with a...
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18th Century European Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

19th Century Venetian Secretary Bookcase with Painted Scenes and Floral Sprays
Located in Miami, FL
A very lovely painted green and yellow Italian fall-front secretary bookcase in the Venetian Baroque style with arched doors painted with 18th century-style scenes with figures in a ...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Paint

Baroque Secretaire, Bern ‘Switzerland’ 1750, Attribute to Mathaeus Funk
By Mathaeus Funk
Located in Belmont, MA
Exquisite 18th century Baroque secretaire, Bern (Switzerland) 1750, attributed to Mathaeus Funk (cabinetmaker 1697-1783). Rectangular body with two drawers and slightly convex front,...
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1750s Swiss Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

Baroque Secretaire, Germany, circa 1780
Located in Wrocław, Poland
This beautiful Secretarie was made in Germany, circa 1780. The piece is made of walnut wood, veneered with stunning details of various types of wood, nut, plum, ash and maple. It fea...
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1780s German Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

18th Centurey Baroque Walnut Tabernacle / Secretaire
Located in Darmstadt, DE
The Tabernacle Secretaire is divided into 3 parts. The upper part has a door with a snap lock in the middle, in this compartment the three small drawers on the right and left side c...
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18th Century Austrian Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Brass

Antique 18th Century Baroque Bureau with Inlays
Located in Nordhavn, DK
A very beautiful Baroque bureau. Thick walnut veneer with inlays. Hidden "secret" locking system for the drawers in the upper section. Grate quality Nice patina Probably northern It...
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18th Century Italian Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Brass, Iron

Baroque Secretaire, Central Germany 18th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Baroque Tabernacle Secretaire on grooved ball feet with a three-drawered commode bottom part with a serpentine front, a slanted writing surface and a tabernacle top with a segment p...
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18th Century German Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

Baroque Cabinet with Secretaire, Germany, 1750-1760
Located in Belmont, MA
Outstanding baroque cabinet with fall top secretaire, South Germany, 1750-1760. Beautiful walnut veneer with exquisite figural and landscape marquetry on writing top and doors. The c...
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1750s German Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Elm, Walnut

18th Century Baroque Cabinet with Secretaire, Germany, 1760
Located in Belmont, MA
18th century Baroque cabinet with secretaire, Germany, 1760, walnut veneer. Beautiful piece in excellent condition, professionally restored. The cabinet will be shipped from Germany....
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1760s German Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

18th Century Baroque Secretaire, Lake Constance Region
Located in Belmont, MA
18th century baroque secretaire, Lake Constance region. Two-drawer body on curved square feet, foldable desk, inside six drawers, a wide shelf and a secret compartment (under the sli...
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1750s German Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

18th Century Italian Walnut Parquetry Important Bureau Cabinet Trumeaux
Located in Rome, IT
An Italian walnut, parquetry bureau cabinet fruitwood inlaid with scrolling foliage, The upper section with a shaped carved cresting, a shaped doors opening to reveal three shelves, ...
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Early 18th Century Italian Antique Baroque Secretaires

Baroque Secretaire à Trois Corps, 18th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Large Baroque secretaire on bun feet with a three-drawer commode base with a serpentine front, a writing surface at a height of 80 cm and a broken pediment top part. The doors and dr...
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18th Century European Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Wood

Baroque Cabinet with Secretaire, Germany 1750
Located in Belmont, MA
Stunning original baroque cabinet, Germany 1750. The cabinet originates from the area of the city of Brunswick. Walnut, plum wood and satinwood veneer. The cabinet will be directly s...
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1750s German Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

Antique 18th Century Dutch Marquetry Inlaid Burr Walnut Bombe Slope-Front Bureau
Located in Charleston, SC
Finest antique Dutch marquetry inlaid burr walnut bombe' shape slope-front bureau with exceptional fitted interior and baize writing surface Please note extraordinary cast brass h...
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Late 18th Century Dutch Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

18th Century Spanish Colonial Vargueno Set on a 19th Century Mission Chest
Located in Hudson, NY
This interesting two-part piece of furniture is an example of the Spanish dominion over the Americas during the global colonization associated with Empire and trade supremacy. The to...
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Mid-18th Century Mexican Antique Baroque Secretaires

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Walnut

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