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18th Century Louis XVI Trompe l'Oeil Marquetry Desk or Secrétaire Chiffonière



18th century Louis XVI trompe l'Oeil marquetry writing desk or secrétaire chiffonière An excellent gilt-bronze mounted and trompe l'oeil marquetry secrétaire à abattant or secretaire chiffonière à la Grèque of the Louis XVI period. Standing on four rectangular tapering feet with gilt-bronze sabots the straight rectangular body of the secretaire shows a mock tall boy or chiffonière front pretending to open to 10 frieze drawers: only the top drawer and the four bottom drawers can be used as such, whereas the center of the desk is decorated with a trompe l'oeil marquetry mocking five drawers, infact, the marquetry hides a fall front which opens to reveal a leather lined writing slope and a fitted interior with six small drawers and four compartments. All the drawers and mock drawers show a geometrical marquetry simulating fluting. The top of the secretaire is set with a slab of veined white marble, of rectangular form with shaped corners. The design of the secrétaire chiffonière with its consequent use of a geometric pattern simulating fluting within its strict outline in shape appears almost of a modern concept. The desk does not bear a stamp but all the features of high craftsmanship: the high quality of the detailed marquetry and the fine proportions in design.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 61.42 in. (156 cm)Width: 33.86 in. (86 cm)Depth: 15.75 in. (40 cm)
  • Style
    Louis XVI (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1775
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Seller Location
    Berlin, DE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1027422594272

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Berlin, Germany
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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