Secretaire a Abattant

about 1850–80

Object Place: Europe, France


102.87 x 65.09 cm (40 1/2 x 25 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oak, veneered with kingwood and tulipwood; Sevres porcelain plaques; gilt-bronze mounts; marble top

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Case furniture and boxes

Veneered, Breccia marble top, king and tulipwood, shaded diamond patterned marquetry. Upper section housing two open compartments and two drawers. Exterior, oval Sèvres porcelain plaque cornered by small triangular spandrels. Porcelains decorated with exotic birds and flowers with scroll gilt borders and turquoise bands and encased by bronze dore mounts. On each of the tow doors below a smaller oval porcelain plaque in frame like bronze dore surmounted by bows. Corners and decoration are treated same as above. Canted, fluted bevelled corners side panelled with rosetted bronze trim.

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection