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Secretaire

  • Date:

    1770-1780 (made)

  • Credit Line:

    The Arthur James Collection, bequeathed by his wife

  • Museum number:

    W.39-1948

  • Gallery location:

    On display at Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley

On loan to Cliffe Castle Museum.

Physical description

Writing cabinet, marquetry of hare wood, holly and other woods. Mounts of gilt brass (ormolu). The top is of mottled red and yellow marble (replacement) of rectangular form with canted front corners. Below a gilt brass frieze (front and ends). The hinged fall front is lined with green leather and gives access to: a double partition; single partition; pair of drawers, and a partition flanked by a pair of drawers. Below are cupboard doors giving access to: a shelf; column of two drawers, and a fall front partition.
The interior is veneered with tulip wood. The front and ends are decorated with a marquetry design of rosettes in circles.
The maker's name 'M.CARLIN' is impressed twice in the wood at the top, near the front corners.

Date

1770-1780 (made)

Marks and inscriptions

'M.CARLIN'

Dimensions

Height: 132.1 cm, Width: 91.4 cm, Depth: 43.2 cm

Descriptive line

French, 1770-80, stamped M. Carlin, 76/1154

Materials

Harewood; Tulip wood; Gilt brass; Marble; Leather

Techniques

Marquetry; Veneering

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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