Venetian Rococo Style Walnut Secretary Lacquered by Ira Yeager


Fantastic late 19th century Italian secretaire cabinet or bookcase made in the Venetian Rococo taste. Crafted from walnut the two-part case features a speckled lacquer finish centered by a cartouche shaped window with a painted bust by artist Ira Yeager (American 1938-2022). The bureau cabinet has a bombe shaped dresser base with a drop front diminutive writing table. The drop front has two storage drawers and a small pigeon hole storage above. Below the desk are two small drawers and two large storage drawers with rocaille patinated brass pulls. The dresser is supported by small cabriole legs with scrolled feet. The dresser is surmounted by a bookcase with a painted door depicting a nobleman holding a chicken. The painting is painted on board titled "Venezia" and signed by Yeager with a fictitious date of 1725. The door opens to a three-shelf bookcase. The case is topped with a pediment having a cartouche shaped window and corniced top. The entire secretary is speckled with a mustard yellow tone over a taupe background. This whimsical cabinet was one of Ira's most expressive pieces with a dramatic presence. Provenance: From the Yager Galerie Calistoga, CA.

Dimensions: 43"w x 21"d x 86.5"h

Circa: Late 19th Century, Italy

Materials: Brass, Walnut

Condition: Good, minor wear consistent with age and use. Additions or alterations made to the original: Painted by artist Ira Yeager. Beautifully crafted with strong joinery. Painted in 20th century with age appropriate wear and minor chips and scratches as seen in photos. No key.

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