This impressive folio cabinet's form and decoration shares several features with a group of fall front secretaries made in Berlin from 1790-1820 and illustrated in A. Stiegel, Berliner Mobelkünst, Berlin, 2003 pp.332,353-55, 358-60. All are based on simplified architectural forms and have crisply cast ormolu mounts which often include lion's mask ring handles. Their interiors echo architecture in smaller form with inlay to simulate brickwork, arches with mirrored backs and windows.
An example by an anonymous maker circa 1790/95 illustrates almost identical lion's mask ring handles on the frieze drawer while the interior has the same small foliate-cast ring handles. A secretaire at Schloss Bellvue, also circa 1790-95, has closely related lion's mask ring handles both on the exterior and interior. The interior of an 1820 example has both similar lion's mask handles as well as a stepped base below arches. Other secretaries share different features such as a related geometric-inlaid frieze and band on a fall front secretaire with a label for Friedrich Wichmann, circa 1800-05, and a related pull-out drawer with sliding writing compartment is illustrated in a secretaire cabinet circa 1785-95.
The steps at the base of the offered lot's interior are echoed in the interior of a fall front secretaire from Berlin, circa 1815-20. A third mirrored interior with brickwork, steps and mirrored windows is inside an unusual oviform fall-front secretaire circa 1835 in Schloss Stepperg, Bayern. Both of these examples are illustrated in G. Himmelheber (ed.), Die Kunst De Deutschen Mobels, Klassizimus, Historismus Jugenstil Munich, 1973. Another related interior with cabinet doors and brickwork as well as a related lion's mask ring handle to the drawer on the lower case, is illustrated in H. Schmitz, Deutsche Mobel des Klassizimus Stuttgart, 1923, p.220.