Gift of Audrey B. Love, in memory of her husband, C. Ruxton Love Jr., 1975
Not on view
In contrast to the severe black exterior, the interior is more colorful and has several surprising components. The inside of the lid is embellished with an alabaster plaque painted with a monochrome landscape scene. The tiers of drawers and the central compartment are decorated with painted alabaster as well. Inside the central compartment is a mirrored five-sided recess with a tiled floor known as a perspectiefje (literally, "little perspective"), which held a small, treasured object that could be admired from all sides in the mirrors.
Inscription: A round sticker, pasted inside the secret compartment of the moulded top, with the printed inscription: "Hodgson 250 Bequest"
Artist: Attributed to Herman Doomer (Dutch, Anrath ca. 1595–1650 Amsterdam)Date: ca. 1640–50Medium: Oak veneered with ebony, snakewood, rosewood, kingwood, cedar and other woods; mother-of-pearl, ivory, green stained boneAccession: 2011.181On view in:Gallery 636
Date: ca. 1730–35Medium: Pine; carved, painted, gilded, and varnished linden wood decorated with colored decoupage prints; mirror glass; the inside of the fall front lined wiht silk not original to the secretaryAccession: 25.134.1a, bOn view in:Gallery 507
Artist: Johann Valentin Gevers (German, ca. 1662–1737)Date: ca. 1710Medium: Oak and pine veneered with tortoiseshell, silver, silver gilt, and green-stained ivory; mirror glassAccession: 1989.20On view in:Gallery 531