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:

Interesting mix of styles and decoration.

Interesting mix of styles and decoration.

First of all, it has great knobs:

Looks like some ivory inlay. I mean "bone" inlay.

Looks like some ivory inlay. I mean “bone” inlay.

The second drawer has an interesting covered section:

Lid slides back.

Lid slides back.

I’ve had an interest in dovetails but have become more interested in dovetailed drawers with thicker or curved profiles:

This is ordinary but I will have more interesting ones in the near future.

This is ordinary but I will show more interesting ones in the near future.

The French make some really big things. I’m sure others did as well,  but not as many as the French:

Big freakin' armoire. How French!

Big freakin’ armoire. How 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:

Can you tell it's French?

Can you tell it’s French? 

Boulle: (noun) elaborate inlaid work of woods, metals, tortoiseshell, ivory, etc.

Top three drawers are actually the abattant part:

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abattant m ‎(feminine singular abattante, masculine plural abattants, feminine plural abattantes) flat and articulated so it can move from a horizontal to a vertical position

With a very attractive lock:

Everything gets decorated.

Everything gets decorated.

And the bolt face:

And it works.

And it works.

You knew there would be dovetails:

Unusually nice and refined.

Unusually nice and refined. Oak as a secondary wood.

The next one is the Louis Phillippe Fine Secretaire Abattant:

Even bigger.

Even bigger.

And abattant part:

Original chain?

Original chain?

Could these be the feet?

There are four.

There are four.

Very attractive hardware:

The escutcheon from the drop panel. Key is rather plain.

The escutcheon from the drop panel. Key is rather plain.

The drawers have a different escutcheon.

The drawers have a different escutcheon.

Add a simple bail and you can open the drawers.

Add a simple bail pull and you can open the drawers.

Drawers are differently decorated as well:

Center drawer is a relatively simply inlaid pattern.

Center drawer is a relatively simply inlaid pattern.

Outer drawers have more flowers and colors.

Outer drawers have more flowers and colors.

And then there’s this medallion and molding applied front and center:

Simple yet tasteful.

Simple yet tasteful.

Another dovetail of interest. This dovetail detail at the back of a drawer is seen (by me) only in French furniture:

Tails look like they were cut for thicker stock.

Tails look like they were cut for thicker stock.

One does wonder why. Now open for discussion.