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A Chippendale Masterpiece
Catalog#: Summer 2010
Artist: Not Available 
Category: Furniture - American
Date: circa 1770
SubType: Secretary
Origin: South
Subject: Secretary
Era: 18th Century
Height: 100.5 inches
Width: 44.75 inches
Depth: 44.75 inches
A Chippendale Masterpiece, c. 1770
H: 100-1/2 in.
W: 44-3/4 in.
D: 25-1/2 in.

American bald cyprus (backboards), cherry, tulip poplar, white pine, and an equal number of continental woods of the oak family are found in this secretary. As current research reveals that American wood was imported into England, an English construction domicile appears likely, and this piece is therefore priced accordingly.

Notwithstanding the above, a stylistic resemblance to a number of domestic Southern American examples cannot be ignored. Specifically, the large ogee bracket feet, stop fluting, blind fretwork, and swan's neck pediment clearly relate. For two specific examples, see the frontispiece of Charleston Furniture 1700-1825, (also fig. 33) and American Furniture, vol. IX, Isreal Sack, p. 161 in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms.

This secretary is monumental in scale, retains its original chased brasses, and is in immaculate condition throughout.

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