French Secretaire Bookcase Scriban

French Secretaire Bookcase
French Secretaire Bookcase
French Secretaire Bookcase
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French Secretaire Bookcase
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French Secretaire Bookcase
French Secretaire Bookcase
French Secretaire Bookcase
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French Secretaire Bookcase
French Secretaire Bookcase
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French Secretaire Bookcase Scriban

8,750.00

A fine 19th century French secrétaire bibliotheque by Grange an award winning cabinetmaker, or ébéniste in Lyon. Made of burl of walnut veneer and in two parts. This unique secrétaire has an original functioning souflet, or accordion bellows mechanism. A turn of the key unlocks the drawers of the chest and a second turn of the key releases air in the hidden bellows allowing the desktop to slowly glide forward. An ingenious design using exceptional craftsmanship. The slant front of the abattant opens to an original embossed leather writing surface and has three small birds-eye maple dovetailed drawers and marquetry decoration. The chest below has three dovetailed drawers, the deep bottom drawer is on wheels to make it easy to open. The bibliotheque, or bookcase, has a working lock and key and glass paned doors, one with the original hand-blown glass, the other with a replaced pane. The interior has three adjustable shelves. Original Grange label indicates the company won medals in the Expositions of 1849 and 1854-1855. Light French polish finish. Minor trim replaced. Missing the trim on the front feet. Small gap between the glass doors. Circa 1850-1860. 
Upper part: 41.5"W x 13"D x 58.5" H 
Bottom part: 44"W x 22.5"D x 37.5"H 
The abbattant is 36"D when open.  A video is available upon request.

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