Unusually Narrow Secretaire Bookcase

The Hepplewhite Cuban Mahogany and Satinwood Secretaire Bookcase, standing at a width of 95 cm (37.5 inches), epitomizes the Georgian era’s quest for elegance and functionality within constrained spaces. This piece, with its slender dimensions, is tailored for locations where spatial efficiency is paramount, yet without compromising on aesthetic or practical value. The bookcase distinguishes itself through its harmonious integration of materials and design principles emblematic of the late 18th century.

The lower section of the piece unfolds to reveal a fall-front secretaire, meticulously crafted with seven banks of drawers and pigeonholes veneered in West Indian Satinwood, known for its resilience and captivating pale finish. These elements are accented with shaped lambrequin, enhancing the piece’s visual allure. Above, a pair of tall cupboard doors, adorned with inset ovals of flame mahogany showcasing exceptional grain patterns, encloses four shelves designed for the storage and display of a curated collection.

Constructed on a stepped plinth, the entire structure exudes a sense of elevated sophistication, underpinned by the choice of Cuban Mahogany. This wood, revered for its rich hue and intricate grain, was a material highly coveted in the period for its beauty and durability. The inclusion of West Indian Satinwood for the veneer further exemplifies the 18th-century fascination with exotic woods, combining aesthetic appeal with functional steadfastness.

This secretaire bookcase, beyond its decorative merits, stands as a testament to the ingenuity of Georgian furniture design, melding form with function seamlessly. The fall-front secretaire, complemented by ample storage solutions, continues to serve the practical needs of contemporary users, just as it did two centuries ago. Its adaptability to confined spaces, coupled with the sophistication of its design and the quality of its materials, marks it as an invaluable asset for aficionados of fine antique furniture.


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Narrow George III Hepplewhite Secretaire Bookcase

Stock Number: 51758

This Secretaire Bookcase is characterised by its elegant design and high-quality materials. Its narrow width of only 95 cm (37.5 inches) makes it ideal for a particular location where a slender and tall piece of Georgian furniture is required. It is also 51cm deep (20 inches) and a standard height of 228.5 cm (90 inches) tall.


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Approximate Dimensions

  • Height : 228.5 cm (90 inches)
  • Width : 95 cm (37.5 inches)
  • Depth: 51 cm (20 inches)

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