BELL ÉPOQUE LOUIS XVI STYLE SECRETAIRE A’ABATTANT DESK
Executed by Maison Forest, stamped "Forest Paris" on drawer; circa early 20th century
Item # 708KJT27L
A fine French secretaire a’abattant from the first quarter of the 20th century, this piece was executed by the shop of Maison Forest in Paris and exhibits all of the careful attention to detail found in his work. The vibrant kingwood veneers are set in a brilliant parquetry, the vivid triangular rays creating a diamond effect in each of the drawers and the fall front. Each drawer is hand dovetailed with thick oak secondary woods and a medial fore-aft brace down the center of the bottom, resulting in a strength joint and self evident longevity of craftsmanship. Custom bronze work inset around the perimeter of the case frames two small drawers over a fall front and three larger drawers, each with a raised edge bordered by rectangular gilt bronze cast with repeating laurel leaves. A pair of rings on each drawer allow easy access to the contents. The fall front is intended to be supported over the first drawer, this opening to reveal a warm patinated brown gilt-tooled leather writing surface and a double row of pigeon-hole letter slots. The entire case rests over fluted tapered feet terminating in little brass sabots raised over original acorn toes; these are crafted such that the case can be leveled by raising or lowering the screw of each acorn. The case is topped by an original conforming marble.
Measurements: 41 1/4” W x 18 5/8” D x 50 1/4” H; writing surface is 35 1/2” W x 13 1/2” D and is approximately 31 1/4” above the ground
Old surface with light age appropriate wear as expected, overall remaining vibrant and in beautiful condition. At one point a backsplash or mirror was probably attached to the back. Some cracking of wood in the drawer blade beneath the fall front writing surface in the corners, likely from lowering it without opening the drawer beneath first to properly support it. Minor wear to surface and other little chips/losses. Retains two original keys and an original leather writing surface.