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Secretaire Chest


A late George II satinwood SECRETAIRE CHEST circa 1790 Stamped: FROM W. WILLIAMSON & SONS, GUILDFORD


The rectangular top with moulded edge and partridgewood banding above a secretaire drawer, enclosing a leather lined writing surface and interior of pigeon holes with fitted seal rest and two BERRYS PATENT LEATHER CLAD cases inscribed ‘ink’ and ‘light’, over three long drawers all with dark-wood cockbeads, original gilt brass handles and escutcheons, raised on splay feet. The choice ripple effect satinwood retains a mellow colour.

  • Height: 41.5ins (105.5cm)
  • Width: 33ins (84cm)
  • Depth: 20ins (51cm)

William Williamson & Sons were cabinet makers and upholsterers in Guildford, Surrey (1790 to 1840) At Black Horse Lane, 1790-96 then Chapel St.  A number of high quality pieces of stamped furniture have been recorded.

Literature ref: Dictionary of English Furniture Makers