A Dutch Neoclassical Satinwood and Amaranth Marquetry Secretaire-a-Abattant, in the manner of Guiseppe Maggiolini, circa 1780
    62 inches high x 41 inches wide x 18 inches deep (157.5 x 104.1 x 45.7 cm)


    Florian Papp, New York;
    Acquired from above, 2000. The secretary inlaid with various woods including walnut, fruitwood, amaranth, and various burrs surmounted by reticulated gallery with four plinths to cardinal corners, marquetry inlay to plinths of plain rectangles and butterflies, sand shaded highlights throughout marquetry pieces, frieze drawer with repeating marquetry daisies with abalone escutcheon, below to decorative banding, hinged door with elaborate framed scene of ruins of a neoclassical house, case sides flanked by plain columns with helix banding, interior opens to three open compartments and nine closed compartments, stained, inlaid, and sand shaded decorations to book drawers and center door, red leather writing surface with gilt border, door fitted with weighted mechanism to allow opening and closure, lower doors with neoclassical architectural marquetry scenes, lower interior with two compartments and removable locking strongbox drawer, lower apron with string inlay terminating on tapered feet with brass toupie mounts to front.

    Note: This lot's design and impressive marquetry work was inspired by the designs of Cristoforo and Lorenzo Canozi da Lendinara and is executed in the style of Guiseppe Maggiolini, suggesting marquetry panel manufacture around the Rolo workshops, Emilia-Romana, Italy.

    Condition Report*:

    Adhesive residue to top escutcheon, minor restoration to some veneer chips, veneer chip to band above drawer, scattered veneer chipping below lower doors and interior drawers, interior drawers displaying slight bowing to drawer fronts, chip to plinth decoration to top, age appropriate cracking to veneer throughout, interior door with minor veneer separation, leather writing surface is a probable replacement, older refinish, some kick marks and veneer loss to legs, otherwise good condition. Lot retains original key and is a strong example.

    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Requires 3rd Party Shipping (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2016
    20th-22nd Saturday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,124

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 April 25 Silver & Vertu - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    I sent out several inquiries, but Moyun is the primary reason I went with Heritage. She is extremely knowledgeable.
    Linda H.,
    Washington, D.C.
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 October 13 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 October 13 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,098,328