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CHIPPENDALE SECRETARY DESK
Circa 1770 – 1800
This well proportioned Chippendale Secretary is in superb estate found condition. The secretary’s interesting provincial character incorporates several elements based on high style Chippendale Design. It is difficult to know where to attribute it. In some ways it reminds one of Eastern Conn. cabinetwork. In others one thinks of Massachusetts cabinetwork.
Influence of major cities was strongly felt in urban areas of Conn. & Mass. during the 18th century, due to the flow of commerce and ideas along routes through the Conn. River Valley. These inherited characteristics and its conservative restrained quality can be seen in this Chippendale Secretary.
The virtue of cherry as the primary wood; simple modest inlaid hearts on the tight scrolled pediment; delicate fluted pilasters with the interesting use of reeded capitals; the ox-bow desk which is raised on tall well developed ogee bracket feet.
These characteristics all unite with the Secretary’s wonderful old if not original surface and its overall small scale which creates a visual satisfaction which is proportioned to its stature. This Fine Secretary is a classic expression of quality Rural cabinetry. It is our pleasure to offer this Fine Quality Secretary Desk.