Description: *Important Sheraton carved and inlaid mahogany secretary bookcase circa 1794-5, finely carved crown with leaves, drapery, tassels and other ornaments, over divided glazed-panel doors centering mirror panels, the lower part with frieze containing secret writing drawer fitted with covered compartments and mechanical writing surface, above two doors, fitted with pullout trays, ending on molded base; H108 1/2" W56 1/2" D22 1/4"
Provenance: F.C. Hunter, Esq Collection
Arthur S. Vernay, 1932
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Virgil Hickox
Estate of Katrina Hickox Becker
Literature: Thomas Sheraton's Drawing Book, 1794, pl.39
MacQuoid, Percy. A HISTORY OF ENGLISH FURNITURE: THE AGE OF SATINWOOD, 1908, fig.185
Edwards, Ralph. ENGLISH FURNITURE. p.59
Cescinsky, Herbert. ENGLISH FURNITURE. p.388
Symonds, R.W. THE BOOKS OF EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY CABINET-MAKERS. The Old Furniture Magazine. Dec. 1929, pp.164-167, fig. 5-8 (illustrates this cabinet with discussion and intricate details)
THE NEW YORK SUN, Antiques section, p.10, illustrated with article detailing the sale of this important bookcase
Other Notes: Accompanied by original Arthur Vernay invoice and bound presentation folio, as well as 1929 issue of Old Furniture magazine, and 1931 The Sun newspaper section
Condition: Condition statement:
Two cracked panes of glass on left hand door. Crown has several old repairs to carving. Left hand lower part with shrinkage crack. Old repair to lower part of frieze on bottom drawer. Piece of veneer missing on left side molded base about 3/4" by 3". Old repairs to base. Scratches and scuffs consistent with age and use. Seperation crack on right hand side of crown, with loose molding on corner.
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