Offered by Galerie Delvaille
French furniture of the 18th century & French figurative paintings
This elegant alcove secretary opens with a flap and two doors in the lower part. These small size secretaries, known as "secrétaires à hauteur d'appui", are more sought after for their aesthetic qualities than for their furnishing function. The absence of the top drawer, while taking away from the storage, contributes to the purity of the design of this piece of furniture.
The refinement of this secretary can be seen both in the frame and the marquetry. The front is not, as is often the case, flat. As on the sides, a slight but essential curve undulates and structures the line. The very beautiful marquetry in rhombus frieze in multiple" reserves", is made of a single wood very precious in the 18th century: the "Satiné", this wonderful species close to the mahogany which provides a "moiré" effect.
Inside, a shelf and 7 drawers are finely veneered with satinwood too. The original ornamentation of bronzes is voluntarily sober to leave all its place to the quality of the veneer. Nevertheless, we can observe that the models of unique bronzes were designed for this piece of furniture, as well for the entries of lock as for the shoes and the falls. The chasing is also very careful. The gilding with mercury was probably redone in the 19th century, but with a remarkable quality. Finally, the original marble top is a very rare garnet colored breccia, probably from Italy.
The general quality of this secretary corroborates the stamp of Denis Genty, Master in Paris on March 13, 1754. This cabinetmaker left his mark on furniture of great quality; as described in the book "Salverte" for example, Genty had acquired a "brilliant" clientele that included the greatest aristocrats of the time.
Dimensions : H. 110 x W. 71 x D. 31 cm
25 000 €