Offered by: Carlton Hobbs, LLC
PO Box 877 Tuxedo Park, NY 10987 , United States Call Seller 212.423.9000

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AN EBONIZED, GILTWOOD AND GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED SECRETAIRE OF RARE OVOID FORM

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  • Description
    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)
    Research
    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.

    Full research report available.
  • More Information
    Period: 19th Century
    Condition: Good.
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: 9846
    Incollect Reference #: 729546
  • Dimensions
    W. 34 in; H. 57 in; D. 16 in;
    W. 86.36 cm; H. 144.78 cm; D. 40.64 cm;
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Carlton Hobbs specializes in the acquisition, conservation, and research of 17th, 18th and 19th century British and Continental furniture and works of art, with a focus on pieces of exceptional merit, including specially commissioned items with royal or aristocratic provenance and pieces designed by architects.

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