American, last half 19th/early 20th century. A large mahogany Empire secretary in two parts, the upper portion possibly later, having an overhanging molded cornice over two paned glass doors, each with Gothic Revival style arched mullions, opening to reveal interior shelving, later illuminated, the lower portion having an overhanging drop front panel with turned wood knobs, opening to reveal an interior green baize writing surface and interior storage compartments, resting on two rounded columnar supports, each with a carved Ionic capital, with inset paneled cabinet doors, on hairy paw front and turned back feet. Apparently unmarked. Approximate height 108", width 47.125", depth 23".
Wear commensurate with age and use. Surface wear overall, with losses and cracking to veneer, scratching, accretions, and abrasions. Losses to toenails on feet. Finish is old, with some crazing to base. Desk panel is hard to pull out, and fold out desk does not fold properly into desk. Writing panel is stained. Repaired hinge to one side. Most glass panels are old and wavy, with a few that have been replaced. Could benefit from some light professional restoration.
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