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The Coventry Secrétaire
The Coventry Secrétaire
Legion of Honor
Gallery 9
Tulipwood, Kingwood And Bois Satiné (bloodwood) Marquetry On An Oak Carcase, Red Griotte Marble, Gilt And Silvered Bronze, Silk, And Steel
131 x 104 x 44 cm (51 9/16 x 40 15/16 x 17 5/16 in.)
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Simon-Philippe Poirier, marchand-mercier, Paris, The 6th Earl of Coventry, Croome Court, Worcestershire, England, The Chester Beatty Collection, England, The Maharani of Baroda, Paris.

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Museum purchase, European Art Trust Fund and gift of Mrs. Margaret G. Hindes Molarsky in memory of Barrett G. Hindes, by exchange

A fall front desk (secrétaire à abattant) in the late Louis XV style, decorated with floral and geometric marquetry, a marble top and with gilt bronze mounts. The drop front opens to reveal five silk-lined drawers, paper shelves and an embossed leather writing surface. The lower half has two doors that open to a compartment subdivided by a shelf. The piece is stamped B.V.R.B. and JME in the middle of the back. There are also ink inscriptions referring to the marchand mercier Poirier.
The secretaire has a slightly curved form and splayed sides with canted corners and raised on four short cabriole legs, it has a shaped upper doucine above the abattant. Inside the front is a serpentine shelf, two pigeon-holes and four small drawers, one of them fitted with silvered metal utensils for ink, drying sand shaker, and sponge boxes. Between the small drawers is a marquetry sliding strong box with a hinged lid and lock. The sides display marquetry panels in the same manner as the front.