A GERMAN BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE CABINET
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A GERMAN BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE CABINET

ATTRIBUTED TO DAVID ROENTGEN, CIRCA 1785

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A GERMAN BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY SECRETAIRE CABINET
ATTRIBUTED TO DAVID ROENTGEN, CIRCA 1785
The rectangular top with a tooled leather writing slide fitted on the right side over two sham drawers opening to a fitted interior over a coved spring loaded drawer and a cabinet door flanked by two banks of three drawers, the whole flanked by brass quarter columns, the back with the remains of a printed depository label
43 ¼ in. (110 cm.) high, 36 ¾ in. (93.5 cm.) wide, 24 in. (61 cm.) deep
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Lot Essay

For an almost identical secretaire cabinet from Schloss Eltz, Eltzville, by David Roentgen, see J. M. Greber, Abraham und David Roentgen: Möbel für Europa, Vol. II, Starnberg, 1980, p. 273, and H. Huth, Roentgen Furniture, London, 1978, fig. 189. During the last 20 years of the eighteenth century, Roentgen’s production is characterized by a revolutionary and more puritan look: by this time he abandons rich marquetry inlays in favor of simple mahogany surfaces embellished by ormolu. On his more lavish pieces, often for royal commissions, Roentgen used elaborate and detailed mounts, whereas on more understated and practical pieces, such as the secretaire offered here, he opted for simple English-style gilt metal mounts.

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