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Queen Anne Walnut Secretary 

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This magnificent secretary is an example of proficient English artistry

Key Features

  • This important Queen Anne-period walnut secretary demonstrates exceptional quality and artistry
  • The interior features a multitude of drawers and compartments for storing valuables
  • Double bonnet mirrored doors, bun feet and a secret compartment are most desirable features
  • It is quite extraordinary to find Queen Anne-period furniture in such excellent condition
  • Circa 1720
  • 36 1/2" wide x 24" deep x 79" high

Item Details

  • Width:
    36 1/2 Inches
  • Height:
    79 Inches
  • Depth:
    24 Inches
  • Period:
    18th Century
  • Origin:
    England/Ireland
Queen Anne-period furnishings such as this walnut secretary are incredibly rare and important examples of English cabinetmaking. This secretary is of the most outstanding caliber, boasting desirable double bonnet, mirrored cabinet doors, later bun feet and its original embossed leather writing surface. The interior is skillfully constructed with a choice of compartments in which to hide one's important documents and valuables. A secret drawer is also concealed in the side of the bureau interior. Remove the bottom left hand drawer, and pull on the oak fillet tucked flush with the side. The expert craftsmanship of such a complicated item required the skill and attention of the finest cabinetmakers, to which its high level of quality can attest. The inclusion of original brass locks and some pulls adds to this secretary's desirability.

Circa 1720 

36 1/2" wide x 24" deep x 79" high 

The secretary bookcase, or secretaire, was an innovative piece of writing furniture introduced in the early 18th century. For the wealthiest households, it proved to be the preferred piece of writing furniture. As the demand for these versatile furnishings grew, so did the level of craftsmanship and overall beauty. Secretaries such as the current offering soon became the focal point of the manor, serving as statements of culture and education.   

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