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Red and gold lacquer mounted in bronze dore, shaped drop leaf, decorated with chinoiserie figures, landscaping, etc. Side bombe panels decorated in the like manner, bordered with black which continues to cabriole legs. The interior is veneered with tulipwood and holly stringing and is fitted...

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Marks stamped 4 times under side and rear rails and on underside of desk MACRET for Pierre Macret (1727 - ca. 1796)


Possibly with A. Fauchier Magnan, Paris [see note 1]. By 1965, Forsyth Wickes, New York and Newport, RI (d. 1964); 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965) NOTES: [1] See J. Munger, "The Forsyth Wickes Collection," 1992, p. 316.

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Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

secrétaire en pente

French (Paris), about 1750


83.3 x 82.2 x 44.3 cm (32 13/16 x 32 3/8 x 17 7/16 in.)

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European red, black and gold lacquer on beech; interior veneered with tulipwood on oak; fruitwood drawer linings; modern green leather writing surface; gilt-bronze mounts