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Fall-front secretary

Date: ca. 1775
52 3/8 x 58 5/8 x 26 in. (133 x 148.9 x 66 cm.)
Medium: oak carcase veneered with marquetry of tulipwood, sycamore, purplewood edge banding, and ebony and holly stringing; gilt bronze mounts; white Carrara marble tops
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Marks: Mark stamped twice on the back near the top and stamped twice at the front beneath the marble slab: 'M. CARLIN JME'.
Object Number: 11.32
Label Text:Cabinet-maker Carlin was known for sophisticated pieces of furniture mounted with porcelain plaques or lacquer panels, or, as here, decorated with marquetry of exotic woods. This secrétaire is in the neoclassical style, which looked to the art of ancient Rome for inspiration. The foliate swags and trellises of the marquetry are based on published drawings of some of the material then recently excavated from the archeological sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii.
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