Oyster Veneered Secretaire Cabinet on Stand

Rare Baroque Laburnum Oyster Veneer Secretaire Cabinet with Concealed Compartments

Embracing the grandeur of the William and Mary era, this exquisite secretaire cabinet stands as a monumental tribute to the skilled artisanship of the late 17th century. Connoisseurs will appreciate the luxurious oyster laburnum veneers that envelop the structure, a technique that requires the utmost precision and patience, as it involves the meticulous arrangement of thinly sliced cross-sections of laburnum branches. The result is a decorative pattern resembling the staggered layout of oyster shells, hence the nomenclature.

Not merely a feast for the eyes, this cabinet’s functionality is equally remarkable. The fall front reveals a complex interior, a veritable labyrinth of petite drawers and concealed compartments. These secret spaces whisper tales of intrigue, where correspondence of a delicate nature and prized possessions would have been safeguarded from prying eyes. Central to this covert ensemble is an inner cupboard, its back equally adorned with oyster veneer, an affirmation of the cabinet’s unwavering commitment to elegance.

The secretaire is elevated upon a stand that mirrors the aesthetic of the cabinet itself. Adorned with identically lavish veneer, the stand incorporates both utilitarian and stylistic elements, featuring drawers fitted with later mid-18th-century handles. The integration of these newer elements suggests a history of cherished use, adaptation, and restoration. It stands firmly on barley-twist legs, a feature redolent of Baroque flamboyance, joined by a shaped stretcher and culminating in robust bun feet—a foundation that is both strong and stately.

A piece with such storied provenance and palpable craftsmanship extends an invitation to those seeking to incorporate historical magnificence into their contemporary environments. This William and Mary secretaire cabinet does not merely represent an acquisition of fine furniture; it is the embodiment of a legacy, an artifact that continues to project its storied past into the heart of modern-day collections.

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Oyster Veneered Secretaire Cabinet on Stand

Oyster Veneered Secretaire Cabinet On Stand

Stock Number: 49416

A very fine and rare late 17th century William and Mary Oyster Laburnum veneered cabinet on Stand. The single fall front secretaire enclosing an arrangement of small drawers and numerous hidden compartments around a central inner cupboard with oyster veneered back.

Raised on a identically veneered stand with two short and a long drawer with later mid 18th century handles raised on barley-twist legs joined by shaped stretcher with bun feet.


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