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Emporium Auction - July 13, 2023

Thu, Jul 13, 2023 09:00AM EDT
  • Collections of the Darsie-Thomson Families, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Lot 230

Napoleon III Ebonized, Bronze Mounted and Boulle Inlaid Secretaire

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$100 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

late 19th century, arched cornice surmounted by a reticulated rocaille crest and urn finials, conforming cabinet doors with shelf interior, two cartonnier drawers, serpentine lower drawer fitted with tooled baize writing surface, cabriole legs with caryatid mounts, sabots, 65 x 32 x 20 in.


structurally sound, finials with loose components, scattered losses, lifting and painted retouches to boulle surfaces, backboard of upper case does not fit evenly, cabinet door and drawers with slight uneven fit when opening and closing due to case warping, lifting to molding along legs, scattered shrinkages, abrasions, retouches and minor losses to ebonized surfaces, minor oxidation to bronze mounts, other general wear from age and use

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Property from the Thomson House, 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, built by Thomas Chalmers Darsie; by descent to Anne Darsie Thomson then to Robert Thomson; Gifted 2014 to Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania