From around circa. 1850, this is a wonderful antique French Rococo Revival Secretaire a Abattant featuring ormolu mounted rosewood and marquetry.

A Secretaire a abattant is a tall French writing-desk, the top part of which resembles an armoire, with a door at its base. The top is usually flap-fronted opening to provide a large writing surface.

This gorgeous double bombe’ and serpentine piece was beautifully and carefully made in rosewood and features an overall floral and foiliate marquetry of flowering urn and cornucopia.

The fall front features the original inset writing  surface in leather:

The interior comprises a tulipwood secretaire complete with a pair of tambour fronted tulipwood cupboards with a drawer above:

Stretching over over two half width drawers, there is  an open mirror backed  central display compartment, used originally for things like displaying favourite Grand Tour souvenirs.

Below the secretaire there are two full width drawers, with a shaped apron raised on serpentine feet that have ormolu mounts.

Topped with a lovely pink veined marble it is complete with working locks and keys.


This items represents excellent value at £4,450


The piece is in excellent condition having been wonderfully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Will it fit?

The dimensions of this item are in centimetres: Height 152 x Width 85 x Depth 44 and in inches: Height 5 feet x Width 2 feet, 9 inches x Depth 1 foot, 5 inches

Viewing and Further Information

If you would like to view this item, please call or email us to make an appointment at our North London warehouse, where there is also a fine range of other desirable desks. You can also call or email for more information quoting reference number : 07674. Our telephone number is +44 20 8809 9605.


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