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Drop-front secretary (secrétaire à abattant or secrétaire en armoire)

Guillaume Benneman
(active 1785, died 1811)

Modeler: mounts modeled by Louis Simon Boizot (French, Paris 1743–1809 Paris)
Modeler: and Martin, possibly Gilles-François Martin (ca. 1713–1795)
Maker: and Michaud
Maker: Probably cast by Étienne-Jean Forestier (died 1768, master 1764)
Maker: Pierre-Auguste Forestier
Maker: chased by Pierre Philippe Thomire (French, Paris 1751–1843 Paris)
Maker: and Bardin
Maker: and Tournay and others
Maker: gilded by Galle
Factory director: under the direction of Jean Hauré (born 1739, active 1774–after 1796)
Date: 1786–87
Culture: French, Paris
Medium: Oak veneered with tulipwood, kingwood, holly partly stained green, ebony, and mahogany; brèche d'Alep marble (not original); modern leather; gilt-bronze mounts
Dimensions: H. 63-1/2 x W. 32 x D. 15 in. (161.3 x 81.3 x 38.1 cm)
Classification: Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1971
Accession Number: 1971.206.17

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