Secrétaire à abattant

A work made of mahogany, mahogany veneer, pine, black marble, ormolu, and brass.
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  • A work made of mahogany, mahogany veneer, pine, black marble, ormolu, and brass.

Date:

1820/25

Artist:

Artist unknown
American, 19th century
Boston

About this artwork

This architecturally inspired secretary was originally owned by David Sears (1787–1871), a prominent merchant and landowner, whose house, designed by Alexander Parris (1780–1852), still stands at 42 Beacon Street, Boston, as the Somerset Club. An 1822 perspective drawing of the home shows a double-columned portico with composite capitals similar to those of the secrétaire, epitomizing the American interpretation of the late French Empire style. The simple form of the exterior highlights the luxuriousness of its materials and also belies a complicated interior of intricate drawers and shelves of various sizes.

On View

American Art, Gallery 172

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Secrétaire à abattant

Origin

Boston

Date

1820–1825

Medium

Mahogany, mahogany veneer, pine, black marble, ormolu, and brass

Dimensions

145.4 × 133 48.4 cm (57 1/4 × 52 3/8 × 19 1/6 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Antiquarian Society through the Lena Turnbull Gilbert Fund

Reference Number

1983.30

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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