I thought I would feature three interesting larger pieces of foreign furniture before posting the entire auction. Just trying to slow down the torrid pace of the blog.
First up is this early 19th century Scottish Tall Chest of Drawers:
First of all, it has great knobs:
The second drawer has an interesting covered section:
I’ve had an interest in dovetails but have become more interested in dovetailed drawers with thicker or curved profiles:
The French make some really big things. I’m sure others did as well, but not as many as the French:
We won’t deal with this piece in the blog. Too big.
In its stead, we will be looking at two secrétaire à abattant. Fall front secretaries for the non-francophones.
First, the Napoleon III Boulle Inlaid Secretaire Abattant:
Top three drawers are actually the abattant part:
With a very attractive lock:
And the bolt face:
You knew there would be dovetails:
The next one is the Louis Phillippe Fine Secretaire Abattant:
And abattant part:
Could these be the feet?
Very attractive hardware:
Drawers are differently decorated as well:
And then there’s this medallion and molding applied front and center:
Another dovetail of interest. This dovetail detail at the back of a drawer is seen (by me) only in French furniture:
One does wonder why. Now open for discussion.