A NORTH GERMAN MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE BOOKCASE
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A NORTH GERMAN MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE BOOKCASE

EARLY 19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY BERLIN

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A NORTH GERMAN MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE BOOKCASE
Early 19th Century, probably Berlin
The moulded rectangular cornice above a central pair of Gothic glazed doors, enclosing a plain interior with four adjustable shelves, flanked to either side by a glass panelled door enclosing a plain interior with two adjustable shelves, above a central frieze drawer enclosing a writing-surface, above a hinged fall-front with an ebony surface to the reverse, enclosing a fitted interior with seven variously-sized drawers, four pigeon-holes, two secret drawers and a sliding writing-surface, flanked to either side by a white-marble Corinthian pilaster and a door enclosing a plain interior with one shelf, above three central drawers flanked to either side by a door, enclosing a plain interior with one shelf, on square tapering legs
102.5 in. (260.5 cm.) high; 92¼ in. (234 cm.) wide; 25 in. (63.5 cm.) deep
Provenance
The Mendelson family, Berlin.
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Lot Essay

This bookcase with squared-off moulded cornice, raised central section and applied white marble columns relates to a smaller secretaire of about 1800 in the Berlin-Museum, illustrated in H. Kreisel/g. Himmelheber, Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels, Vol. III, Munich, 1986, fig. 260.
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