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January 10, 2010

For your château? Secrétaire




Desk/secretary, 1730-35. Gilded pine, paint, varnished linden wood, decoupage prints, mirror. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This Italian secretary is ideal for storage, and writing letters. It contains the most delightful scenes of seasons, travelers and various modes of transport. The drawers below feature pastoral scenes, and the inside has been more recently lined with silk.

17 comments
Tian said...

I'd definitely get this. It's adorable!

MadameP said...

It's pretty but too busy!

Paul Miller said...

It's yummy. I love it.

Lauren said...

@Tian Don't you love the little scenes painted on it??

@Paul Miller Glad to see you! Feels like it has been forever :p

@MadameP maybe next week's piece will be more to your taste!

Aileen said...

I adore it

Polonaise said...

YES! I love it!!

Emmeline Cartwright said...

give me give me give me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Leslie Carroll said...

Ooo! Well, that's ... ornate. Perhaps a bit baroque for my taste, but certainly useful! Perhaps I can give MA one just like it in my novel.

Pauline said...

I love it. Looks very California mission, really.

Heather Carroll said...

Goodness, and they say the Italians have taste! I would like to write my letters without feeling like I am in a cathedral confessional, thankyouverymuch.

Polonaise said...

But confession is good for the soul ;)

Lauren said...

@Polonaise, good point. For someone running around with rakes (@heather) perhaps a confessional-like secretaire would be a benefit.... :o

Tulip said...

I like it. Though I suspect my liking it is more to do with my compulsive need to open all the drawers and compartments than with the design.

Heather Carroll said...

Oh even a confessional couldn't save me at this point!

Lily said...

Oh its just beautiful

Laurel Ann said...

Wow! I have just the place for it but sadly not the pocketbook!

Anonymous said...

I love this!!! However, instead of a writing desk I would use it in my bedroom as a place to store small accessories, jewlery, perfume, and special things for my eyes only hehe. And the pattern is a little too much.

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