Feiner Sekretär, Frankreich, attr. F.N. Geny/Lyon, ca. 1780

A Louis XVI drop-front secretaire (secrétaire à abattant), attributed to the menusier François-Noël Geny (1731-1804, maitre 1773) from Lyon. The writing cabinet veneered in kingwood and tulipwood on a ground of pine. The top of the secretaire is set with a slab of veined white marble, of rectangular form with canted front corners. Below a frieze drawer with marquetry simulating fluting. The fall front quarter-veneered with a central medallion depicting compass, globe, antique urn, quill and color palette - symbolizing art and science and a possible reference to a scholar patron. The hinged fall front inside lined with a beautiful patinated green leather and gives access to a single partition; a double partition; and a partition flanked by three drawers each. Very fine banding of colored woods frames the partitions. Below are cupboard doors giving access to a shelf. Raised on bracket feet with a small lower apron. Provenance: from a private collection in the South of France, attributed to François-Noël Geny (1731-1804, maitre 1773) from Lyon. Geny specialized in seated furniture, yet a secretaire almost identical in design, marquetry (even the lozenge banding) and dimensions, stamped Geny, has been described and pictured in: Bernard Deloche and Jean Yves Mornand: L'ébénisterie provinciale en France au XVIIIe siècle : Et Abraham Nicolas Couleru, Dijon 2011, p. 77.

OF THE PERIOD: Louis XVI, ca. 1780
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: marquetry wood, gilt bonze, white marble plate
CONDITION: Excellent. Wear consistent with age and use.
142 cm (55.91 in.)
WIDTH: 81 cm (31.89 in.)
DEPTH: 42 cm (16.54 in.)
Price Upon Request