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Writing cabinet
(Secrétaire à abattant)
(c. 1780)

Tulipwood, Kingwood, Satinwood, wood, Oak, marble, gilt-bronze (ormolu), leather, brass, steel, silver, glass
(a-p) 142.2 × 98.4 × 46.1 cm (overall) (closed)
Place/s of Execution
Paris, France
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Mr James Fairfax AO, Honorary Life Benefactor, 1996
Gallery location
17th to 18th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
The secretaire with a mottled 'rouge de fer' marble top, the frieze with ormolu guilloche borders enclosing rosettes flanked at the angles by oval ormolu classical figures and oak sprays, the full front opening to reveal short drawers and cupboards and inlaid with a Mandarin and his attendants within an oval surround in contrasting stained wood. The sides panelled with antique vases, the lower part similarly inlaid with two panelled doors enclosing shelves, on claw and foliage feet.