In Collection: Cabinet Furniture
An 18th century English secretary bookcase lacquered in Chinese style known in England and France as Chinoserie (see Spotlight Chinoserie). A secretary desk is a very popular piece of furniture in English country homes during Georgian times (17th and 18th century). The English loved the Chinese red lacquer finish.
A secretary or secretaire bookcase is made of a base of wide drawers topped by a desk with a hinged desktop surface, which is in turn topped by a bookcase with a pair of doors, often with glass panels. Since security lockers had not been invented at that time, the designer has used many hidden areas as secret space for important documents.
The original lacquer work has been sensitively restored. This piece comes from the English Keemer family, collectors of Chinese objects.
Category: Cabinet Furniture