Continuing with last week's writing theme, this gothic style bookcase (circa 1830), shown in the photograph below, is an unusual and elegantly personal piece. Made from oak with ebony turned handles, the bookcase is decorated with Gothic styled layers, carved pillars and cornice work.
This type of bookcase is also known as a ‘secretair’ because it has a discreet desk space, neatly folded away behind the top drawer. A close-up view of the interior, pictured below, shows an eminently practical workspace protected with leather, lock and key. This typically clever use of space means you can use it at your leisure without cluttering up your home. The ever- practical bookcase separates into two halves making it easier to transport.
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