9846 AN EBONIZED, GILTWOOD AND GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED SECRETAIRE OF RARE OVOID FORM Vienna. First Quarter Of The Nineteenth Century. Measurements: Height: 57″ (144.8cm) Width: 34″ (86.4cm) Depth without feet: 16″ (40.6cm) Depth with feet: 18″ (45.7cm)
Of ebonized pearwood, giltwood and gilt-bronze mounts. The interior of thuya, sycamore and ebony. The stepped top fitted with two drawers; the ovoid body supported on two finely carved cornucopiae retaining their original gilding, fitted with three drawers and a fall with a well-fitted architectural interior of arcaded columns and steps concealing hidden drawers above a rectangular base containing a drawer. The whole raised on four massive gilt feet. All mounted with re-gilded classical floral moldings and escutcheons. Formerly surmounted, by a later socle.
This ovoid-form secretaire is a rare example of Austrian cabinetwork of exceptionally creative and futuristic design made during the first half of the 19th century. Secretaires were considered among the most important type of furniture, commissioned not only for their utilitarian function, but also as conversation pieces that reflected the refinement, status, and taste of the owner. They were also the most intricately designed and challenging furniture items a cabinetmaker could produce, showcasing his skillfulness, and securing his professional reputation.
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