This magnificent Biedermeier Secretary / Secrétaire à Abattant / Secretaire, Circa 1825, is a fine example of period Biedermeier. Its strong distinctive architectural lines and beautiful flame birch veneer finish, implies that it was made in Northern Germany and dates around 1825.
The craftsmanship continues when you lower the drop front panel and reveal the interior fitted compartments. Once again the emphasis is on architectural features and details, with richly grained birch and burl walnut veneers accented with ebony. Note the block wall foundation on each side of the ebony trimmed steps. Those blocks are actual pieces of burl veneer with an accent wood veneer for the mortar, truly spectacular. There’s more… the steps are a front for a center drawer and once opened and removed, the block walls can now be accessed to open a hidden drawer on each side.
Just how many compartments are incorporated in this handsome secretary? Starting from the top:
1 Large Curved Door Cabinet
1 Hidden Drawer in the Molding Detail
1 Long Drawer
4 Small Drawers
1 Center Cabinet with Door
3 Hidden Drawers behind the Cabinet Door
4 Open Compartments
2 Hidden Drawers behind the Open Compartments
1 Stairstep Drawer
2 Hidden Drawers on each side of the Stairstep Drawer
3 Full Size Drawers
That’s a total of 23 compartments / storage, including 8 hidden. That’s lots of space for all your goodies, public and private.
Commonly found in the Drawing Rooms in the 1800′s, these large scale Secretary Desk were considered prize possession and usually placed in the most prominent room in the house. If you’re looking for that stunning piece of furniture that will make a statement to everyone who sees it, then we have the answer. Call us to discuss how this magnificent antique desk can be yours.
PERIOD: Circa 1825
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Germany
MATERIALS: Flame birch veneer with various other wood inlays on the interior.
HEIGHT: 82 in. (104 cm)
WIDTH: 46.75 in. (89 cm)
DEPTH: 24.25 in. (86 cm)
SEAT HEIGHT: ?
CONDITION: Extremely nice condition with signs of restoration from 25 years or more. Very minor wear and losses commensurate with age and use. See photos for more details.