27 October 2015
AN AUSTRIAN GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED AND BRASS-INLAID FRUITWOOD SECRETAIRE A ABATTANT
VIENNA, CIRCA 1815
The upper section with a curved drawer, above a fall-front flanked by two satyrs and enclosing a brown leather-lined writing-surface, three pigeon-holes and six small drawers, flanking a central niche supported by two vestales, with two further drawers and a side enclosing secret drawers, above a pair of doors enclosing three drawers, on eagle feet
66 in. (167cm.) high; 34 in. (87cm.) wide; 17 ½ in. (44cm.) deep
Count Jan Nepomucen Potocki (1761-1815) for the castle of Lancut, Galicia, South Poland.
Possibly removed from Lancut, circa 1944 and then by descent.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, December 1986, lot 183, (with a label for Lancut, which is now missing).
Sotheby's, London, 14 April 2011, lot 321
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The World of Interiors, November 1986, p. 239.
Architectural Digest, Colonna and Listri, 'Empire, passionément', April 1989, pp. 36-43.
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