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Secretary (sécretaire à abattant)

Date:
ca. 1815–20 with later additions
Culture:
Austrian
Medium:
Walnut, parcel-ebonized and mounted with gilt bronze; leather, glass, brass
Dimensions:
105 x 37 x 21 in. (266.7 x 94 x 53.3 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Frederich R. Koch, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.470
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 554
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)
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