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Inlaid overall with cameo-shaped hardstones including amethyst, granite, agate and jaspers within beaded frame panels, the grey and white variegated rectangular marble top above an entrelac frieze drawer with an enamelled handle, the drop-f rant with a large serpentine porphyry oval panel within a chutes de piastres border flanked by Ionic pilasters, enclosing a fitted interior with eight drawers, pigeon holes and open compartments, above panelled doors centred by laurel wreathed medallions flanked by detached fluted Ionic columns, on square tapering legs.

 


 

Fall front cabinets, also known as secretaire cabinets, are a versatile and elegant addition to any interior design scheme. These cabinets have been popular since the 18th century and are still in demand today due to their functionality and aesthetic appeal.

One of the key features of a fall front cabinet is its fitted interior, which makes it an excellent storage solution. The interior typically includes drawers, pigeon holes, and open compartments, which can be used to store a variety of items such as stationery, books, and other small objects. This makes it an ideal choice for those who want to keep their living space organized and clutter-free.

In terms of design, fall front cabinets come in a range of styles and materials. The North Italian Rosewood, Tulipwood, Amaranth, Ebonised and Parcel Gilt Hardstone Inlaid Secretaire attributed to Giovanni Battista Maroni, Milan, Late 18th Century is a prime example of the intricate and detailed craftsmanship that went into these cabinets during that time period. The use of hardstones including amethyst, granite, agate and jaspers within beaded frame panels adds a luxurious touch to the cabinet and makes it a statement piece in any room.

When it comes to incorporating a fall front cabinet into your interior design scheme, there are several ways to do so. One option is to use it as a focal point in the room, placing it in a prominent location such as the living room or study. This will draw attention to the cabinet and allow it to shine as a decorative element in the space.

Another option is to integrate the cabinet into the overall design scheme of the room. This can be done by selecting furniture and accessories that complement the style and materials of the cabinet. For example, if the cabinet is made from dark wood, you may want to choose other furniture pieces that are also made from dark wood or have similar finishes.

In addition, fall front cabinets can be used to add texture and visual interest to a room. The intricate details and materials used in the cabinet can create a sense of depth and dimension, making the space feel more dynamic and engaging.

In conclusion, fall front cabinets are a timeless and versatile addition to any interior design scheme. Whether you choose to use them as a focal point or integrate them into the overall design of the room, these cabinets are sure to add both functionality and aesthetic appeal to your living space.

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North Italian Secretaire, Attributed to Giovanni Battista Maroni

Stock Number: 78687

A North Italian Rosewood, Tulipwood, Amaranth, Ebonised and Parcel Gilt Hardstone Inlaid Secretaire, Attributed to Giovanni Battista Maroni, Milan, Late 18th Century.
  • Height: 163 cm (64.2 inches)
  • Width: 99 cm (39 inches)
  • Depth : 45 cm (17.7 inches)

£35,000

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  • Height: 163 cm (64.2 inches)
  • Width: 99 cm (39 inches)
  • Depth : 45 cm (17.7 inches)

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