DescriptionA Unique Viennese Biedermeier Walnut and Maple Fall-Front Secretary in the Egyptian Revival Taste, circa 1820
59-1/2 h x 34-1/2 w x 18-1/2 d inches (151.1 x 87.6 x 47.0 cm)
PROPERTY FROM THE RITTER ANTIK COLLECTION Veneered with walnut and maple on pine. Domed roof inlaid with multiple maple - hair lines forming the umbrella motif on the downswept roof between a crowned balustrade on top (with ebonized spindles and an inlaid panel) and an ebonized and giltwood egg-and-dart molding on which the roof rests. Spectacularly detailed maple - veneered, penwork - decorated, inlaid and partly ebonized interior. Temple niche in center with three ebonized columns on either sidewall. Floor inlaid with a half round umbrella motif. Mirrored back wall completes it to a full round umbrella motif and doubles the 6 in 12 columns. Architrave over the first pair of columns in the temple is a flat secret drawer inlaid with standing hairlines. Above a large drawer with penwork and original mirror in the back and a balustrade with ebonized spindels in the fronts. The temple with secret drawer on either side containing additional secret drawers. Fronts inlaid with masonry and obilises. Two finely detailed human figures in penwork flanking each obilise.
Arched fall front flanked by original giltwood and verte antico painted Egyptian caryatids and topped with a drawer with finest penworks between penwork panels depicting the tree of life. Two lower doors arched with the original "stiff leaf" - giltwood molding, enclosing 2 niches and 1 drawer.
Pasqualle long bar lock. Original verde antico/giltwood paw feet.
Condition report available upon request.
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