An Exceptional Boulle Secretary
This desk is very similar to a more simply made secretary. What they have done here is embellish it with turned posts on the front corners and added some gold transfer work. The front turned feet and back square feet were added to this style desk. I have also only seen this in the larger size. The drop front opens to reveal a much more elaborate interior. The simpler one had a deep recessed mirror with small compartments on each side. This one has a mirror across the entire back and a long narrow drawer with elegant gold transfer work on top. You can see this top of the drawer when you peer in and see the four carved columns. (I had never seen this particular piece in my 45 years of collecting, but then this past year, I found three! I kept one for myself)!!
Measurements: 7-1/4”h. x 4-3/4”w.
Circa: 19th Century