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Boston Bombé Secretaire
mahogany, 100"h, 46"w, 23"d

A monumental secretaire in the Boston bombé style.  The subset of American secretaires in this style is exceptionally small, and those with a serpentine front are even more rare.  As the six-shell secretaire was the pinnacle of the cabinetmakers' art in Newport, so was the bombé secretaire in Boston. The base stands on bold Boston ball and claw feet with knobbed knuckles and back-swept side talons. The one-board sides are carved from solid three-inch mahogany, as are the serpentine drawer fronts.  The interior is of the standard Boston style with blocked prospect door and flanking drawers with fan carvings.  The upper case features scrolled raised panel doors flanked by fluted pilasters.  The pediment has highly detailed molding with dentils.  The central  flame and urn finial is perched on an ogee-molded plinth. The upper case interior has 14 compartments, 10 drawers, 2 adjustable shelves, and candle slides. 35 drawers in total, several of which are well concealed.

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