A rare and truly magnificent antique North European Biedermeier , architectural design, secretaire chest, ( secretaire a abattant ), circa 1830.This piece is of the highest quality flame mahogany with a beautifully line inlaid flame mahogany interior.This secretaire features a central storage compartment and several smaller drawers and a small cupboard, as well as a leathered and gold tooled writing surface. The interior of the secretaire is made of satin birch and is architectural in design.The scretaire base is surmounted by a cupboard, which is flanked by columns and is the finishing touch to this beautiful and elegant piece. A fabulous example of the timeless Biedermeier style. Offered in original unrestored condition, it will be restored before delivery.Measurements:Height: 195 cm x Width: 99 cm x Depth: 52 cmBiedermeierBiedermeier was a term used to describe a specific style of furniture that was popular in 19th century Vienna. Biedermeier furniture was characterised by simple, graceful curving lines and featured striking contrasts of light and dark colouring. The furniture usually features beautifully veneered wood and dark, decorative inlay.Flame Mahogany 18th century furniture designer, Thomas Sheraton, once characterized mahogany as "best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed." Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called "flame mahogany."The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree.
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