24 April 2008
A CHARLES X 'ACAJOU MOUCHETE' DOUBLE-SIDED 'BUREAU DE COMPTOIR'
SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
The rectangular moulded top with twin hinged ratcheted double-rising slopes along the short side, each long side with a fitted secretaire drawer with a flap and swan-carved sides and green leather writing-surface and four mahogany-lined drawers around a recess, one drawer locked with a secret catch, one drawer fitted with compartments, glass wells and pin-cushions, one with two leather boxes stamped 'INK', above a pair of retractable doors enclosing on one side a fitted interior of seven sets of removable mahogany-lined pigeon-holes, each with a brass-inlaid letter and with a concealed well at the back edge, six slides around a deep drawer, with a removable sliding compartment, two slides with gilt-tooled red leather labels printed 'COMPTES COURANTS, FACTURES à RéGLER, LETTRES à RéPONDRE', etc., the other side with a pair of retractable doors enclosing three shelves and six adjustable folio divisions, on a plinth base with three brass castors
38½ in. (97.5 cm.) high; 52¾ in. (134 cm.) wide; 32¾ in. (83 cm.) deep, closed
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