The unidentified coat of arms of this Biedermeier secrétaire, with its wooden columns and slats resembling the pipes of an organ, is a later embellishment.
[ Rare Art (London) Limited (in 1984; sale, Christie's, New York, November 21, 1984, lot 159 ; to Koch) ]; [ sale, Christie's, New York , March 6, 1991, lot 92; unsold ] ; Frederick R. Koch (1984–91; to MMA)
Artist: Designed by architect Isidor Canevale (1730–1786)Date: ca. 1765–72, with later additionsMedium: Carved, painted, and gilded pine; plaster; gilt bronze; mirror glass; oak flooringAccession: 63.229.1On view in:Gallery 526
Artist: Marquetry by Alexandre-Jean Oppenordt (Dutch, 1639–1715, active France)Date: ca. 1685Medium: Oak, pine, walnut veneered with ebony, rosewood, and marquetry of tortoiseshell and engraved brass; gilt bronze and steelAccession: 1986.365.3On view in:Gallery 531
Artist: Jean Henri Riesener (French, Gladebeck, near Hessen 1734–1806 Paris)Date: 1783Medium: Oak veneered with ebony and 17th-century Japanese lacquer; interiors veneered with tulipwood, amaranth, holly, and ebonized holly; gilt-bronze mounts; marble top; velvet (not original)Accession: 20.155.12On view in:Gallery 524