Secretary – 98N128


A stunning mahogany secretary desk with attached bookcases, and two drawers below front door which bears classical gold leaf gesso figures on a false parchment face. Gilt sun medallion between drawers and gold wood carved acanthus leaves on legs. Interior of ash with two drawers, a shelf and closed compartment. Great quality, opens to 39 inches.

Creator: Unknown
Place of Origin: Italy
Date of Manufacture: 1940
Materials & Techniques: Mahogany, Gold Gesso, Parchment, Hand-Carved Wood
Condition: Refinished
Dimensions: 55 in. H x 55 in. W x 17 in. D / 140 cm H x 140 cm W x 43 cm D
Dealer Reference Number: 98N128

Dealer Location: 29 West 30th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Dealer Phone Number: 212-924-6330


Art Deco

A prominent style and period in art that was developed in the early 1900’s and steadily spread across Western Europe and America until the 1930’s. Pieces made in this style were exhibited in Paris at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Mordernes from which the genre borrows its name. The emergence of Art Deco is most often viewed as the continuation or response to Art Nouveau, and was regarded as the antithesis to traditional art styles because its intention was to produce pieces representing luxury and elegance. Artists who were inspired by this style drew reference from styles, cultures or concepts that were often contradictory. Art Deco’s influence is visible across many art forms, from glass art to sculpture, architecture to fashion, dance to illustrative or graphic art. Art Deco, evoked a period of creation where artist attempted to go against traditional techniques, and sought out modernity and crafted pieces representative of excess, luxury and elegance. Art Deco is quoted as dying out by 1940, but its influence returned throughout the 1960’s and can still be seen in the arts, fashion and design of today.