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Secretary

Date:
ca. 1804–09
Culture:
French
Medium:
Amboyna wood veneered on pine; gilt-bronze mounts
Dimensions:
68 1/4 x 34 1/2 x 14 7/8 in. (173.4 x 87.6 x 37.8 cm.)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.147.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 553
Although the handles and mounts are arranged to give the illusion of a chest of drawers, the upper part is a fall front that conceals a writing compartment. Tradition has it that this secretary was presented by Napoleon to Maréchal Lannes, duc de Montebello (1769–1809).
possibly Marshal Jean Lannes, duc de Montebello ; probably Sir John Edward Murray Scott, Bt. (by 1911) ; [ Seligmann, Rey & Co. , until 1923; sold to MMA ]
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