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