Greene · Newport
Nicholas Brown Six-Shell Secretaire
mahogany, 113"h, 43"w, 25"d
The best known of the nine Newport secretaires, it is not only the tallest at nearly nine and a half feet, but it also the holds the record for the highest price paid for American furniture at $12.1 million dollars. The Nicholas Brown secretaire is closely related to the examples at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Yale University Art Gallery in the design of its open pediment with cyma-curve crown moldings ending in circular foliate carvings. Like the other secretaires, the three bookcase doors open as a single door on one side and a bi-fold door on the other. The base follows the conventional design of Newport block-front desks of the period.