A very small French Empire style walnut drop-front secretary with dark grey marble top from the mid-19th century. This petite French Empire style drop-front secretary was born about 40 years after the death of the Emperor Napoleon Ier. This item, which was either a child’s piece or a salesman sample, features a rectangular dark grey marble top. It is adorned with a frieze drawer accented with bronze pulls and a central double palmette motif. Two semi-columns with bronze capitals flank the central section, made of the drop-front desk sitting atop two lower drawers. The desk, decorated with a laurel wreath escutcheon, opens to reveal two inner drawers, four open compartments and a leather top writing surface. The two lower drawers lead the eye to the ebonized wood lion paw feet, raising the secretary in the front. The back feet are straight. With its clean lines, delicate decor, wonderful patina and aging, witnessing the age of the piece, this French Empire style drop-front secretary, circa 1860 will bring an undeniable elegance to any home, perhaps used as a bedside table or small commode.
29.25 x 16.5 x33.75 hi