Antique George II Mahogany Secretaire Bookcase of Immense Character
This is a handsome George II two part secretaire bookcase which has seen a very active life and has had some 'work' done in its later life.
Made of mahogany, mixed woods and veneers it is an elegant and useful storage piece for a dining room or office, a large country house style piece which has an immense amount of character and history.
The base has double panelled doors set under a wide secretaire drawer with fold down front which opens to reveal pigeon holes, small drawers and a very aged leather scriver. The cupboard below has a single shelf, made from two shallow sections of wood.
The top consists of a glazed bookcase with three adjustable shelves and lovely arched glass doors.
When we started really looking at this piece it became evident that there has been quite a lot of work done with alterations made over time. The whole top section may have actually been replaced and the original doors added to a newer cabinet carcass. The top plinth is a later addition, a marriage, the original lost somewhere years ago.
Despite this it all works together rather well and is a very characterful and interesting piece.
The secretaire is generally in good structural condition with many cosmetic marks of age and use and various repairs to the veneer here and there.
The top has been married to the original glazed doors, the top plinth has been added at some point, it isn't original to the piece. The fall front to the drawer sits out a little but does lock shut.
Basically it very well aged and full of character and ideal for anyone who loves quirky old furniture.
The measurements are taken at the widest points and this piece splits into three sections for easy transportation.
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