British Colonial Rosewood Roll Top SecretaireMid 19th century
A unique British colonial roll top secretaire made of rosewood that has cleverly constructed, hidden trick-openings for its front drawers. It has a shaped back above a rectangular moulded top and a roll top fall front. The top opens to reveal a fitted interior that consists of several storage compartments and five drawers with nice brass pulls. The centre drawer of these five drawers gives access to the trick-opening to open the sixth drawer below it. In addition it has a pull out writing slide. The front of the desk features two small and one large drawer, all with brass lion head pulls. These drawers can only be opened using concealed trick openings located on the writing surface of the desk. The desk has paneled sides and back enabling the piece to be positioned in the centre of a room. It stands on square tapering legs ending in brass casters.
The secretaire is in good condition and has been lovingly restored and finished to its former glory using a traditional form of French polishing and waxing. The Indian rosewood that this piece has been made of has a naturally occurring dark shade with a striking grain.
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British Colonial India
H: 127 cm (87 cm ) W: 84 cm D: 60cm
H: 50” (34½”) W: 33” D: 23 ½”