Georgian Chinoiserie Breakfront Secretary Desk

  • This 18th-century breakfront desk was inspired by Chinoiserie designs of Thomas Chippendale
  • The entire piece is crafted of sumptuous mahogany and is beautifully proportioned
  • Masterfully executed carvings help give this substantial desk an air of lightness
  • The array of cabinets and drawers make this desk as functional as it is exquisite
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Item No. 30-8609

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Masterfully crafted of luxurious mahogany in the Chinoiserie style perfected by the legendary Thomas Chippendale, this beautiful breakfront secretary desk is a shining example of 18th-century furniture making at its finest. The entire design stays true to the aesthetic hallmarks of Thomas Chippendale's timeless ideals. Both beautiful and functional, this breakfront features ample drawers and cabinet space, including the large central pull-out secretary that comprises a leather writing surface and a multitude of compartments. Balanced and justly proportioned, the glass-paneled cabinet doors, with their pagoda-formed frames, give the desk an air of lightness. The array of meticulously carved elements, from the drapery and swags that frame the oval mirrored cabinets to the pierced broken pediment that crowns the cabinet, every feature works in harmony in this outstanding work of English cabinetmaking.

The name of Thomas Chippendale is most closely associated with English Rococo-style furniture. More than a simple cabinetmaker, he was an innovator and visionary. His name has become synonymous with a distinguishable style not because the furniture was made by him or his factory, but because of his foresight in publishing his incredible designs. In 1754, he published the first of three editions of The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, the first catalog of furniture design. This catalog allowed wealthy patrons to pick out particular elements for their furniture and to have it custom made for them by the Chippendale workshop. The Chippendale style reflected many elements of the Rococo, Chinese (called Chinoiserie), Gothic and, later, the Neoclassical styles. So popular were the designs with the wealthy class of the mid-18th century that soon other furniture makers were using The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director as a pattern book for their own shops. This book is probably the major reason he is one of the world's best-known and respected furniture makers to ever live.

Circa 1780

49 1/2" wide x 23 1/4" deep x 88" high
Georgian Chinoiserie Breakfront Secretary Desk
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Desk/Writing Tables
Depth: 23.25 Inches
Width: 49.5 Inches
Height: 88.0 Inches
Style: Chippendale

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