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The flip-top secretaries appeared during the reign of Louis XV (1715-1774). This type of secretary has at the time a curved front and is divided into three parts. The upper part is a drawer covered with marble and bordered by a copper gallery. The central part which corresponds to the storage space (pigeonholes, drawers) is called a "theater", it is closed by a flap which becomes a writing table once opened. The lower part opens on two doors. They are covered with precious wood veneer, marquetry and finely gilded bronzes on the entries of lock and the "sabots". The "sabot" ( the hoof) is a metal ornament placed at the base of the legs of certain pieces of furniture to protect it from humidity and shocks. The shape of these secretaries has of course evolved a little over time.

Style

Louis XV

Period

Second part of 19th century

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Style: Louis XV


Louis XV, known as the "Beloved" reigned over the kingdom of France from 1715 to 1774, he was the only king of France to be born and die at the Palace of Versailles.

The Louis XV style is characterized by its elegance and lightness. It is recognizable by the grace of the curved legs of the furniture with "pied de biche"(deer foot).

The wood is natural, gilded or painted. The "rococo" style ornamentation is inspired by nature and exoticism.


Dimensions:


Height: 132 cm

Depth open: 70 cm

Depth closed: 33 cm

Width: 67 cm

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