Chippendale-Style Georgian Secrétaire
Chippendale-Style Georgian Secrétaire Chippendale-Style Georgian Secrétaire Chippendale-Style Georgian Secrétaire Chippendale-Style Georgian Secrétaire Chippendale-Style Georgian Secrétaire Chippendale-Style Georgian Secrétaire
Chippendale-Style Georgian Secrétaire

Chippendale-Style Georgian Secrétaire

  • This monumental Chippendale-style secrétaire showcases the best of English furniture craftsmanship
  • A number of hidden compartments are hidden within the fascinating cabinet
  • Crafted of lavish Cuban mahogany, the sectrétaire is extraordinary in both style and construction
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Item No. 29-2336
$298,500
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This exceptional Georgian secrétaire cabinet was crafted in the style of Thomas Chippendale and displays both the scale and perfect proportions for which Chippendale furniture is renowned. Crafted of luxurious mahogany, the secrétaire is as extraordinary in construction as it is in design. Two mirrored doors open seamlessly to reveal a fitted interior of drawers and pigeonholes, behind many of which lie secret compartments. Lowering the secrétaire’s writing surface reveals even more compartments and hidden areas, including a sliding door located behind the tooled leather writing surface. Herein lies the secret to opening the lower portion’s top drawer: simply reach in the hidden compartment and release two sliding bolts to unlock.

Crafting such a complex piece of furniture required the skill and attentive workmanship of the finest cabinetmakers. Without a doubt, such an incredible piece would only have been made especially for a very affluent and important customer. A triumph of English ingenuity and Chippendale design, it is an exceptional example of Georgian furniture.

The name of Thomas Chippendale is most closely associated with English furniture. More than a simple cabinetmaker, he was an innovator and visionary. His name has become synonymous with a distinguishable style not because the furniture was made by him or his factory, but because of his foresight in publishing his incredible designs. In 1754, he published the first of three editions of The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, the first catalogue of furniture design. This catalogue allowed wealthy patrons to pick out particular elements for their furniture and to have it custom made for them by the Chippendale workshop. The Chippendale style reflected many elements of the Rococo, Chinese (called Chinoiserie), Gothic and, later, the Neoclassical styles. So popular were the designs with the wealthy class of the mid-18th century that soon other furniture makers were using The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director as a pattern book for their own shops. This book is probably the major reason he is one of the world's best-known and respected furniture makers to ever live.

Circa 1770

42” wide x 24 1/4” deep x 102 1/2” high
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Period: 18th Century
Origin:England
Type:Cabinets/Vitrines/Bookcases
Width:42 Inches
Height:102 1/2 Inches
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