Heinrich, Kreisel, Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels, Munich, 1973, cat. no. 256, 262.
Dietrich Fabian, Roentgenmöbel aus Neuwied, Bad Neustadt, 1986, p. 305
George Himmelheber, Biedermeiermöbel, Munich, 1987, cat. no. 217
This impressive piece with a domed top is typical of the architectonic secrétaire-cabinets conceived during the Biedermeier period. The outside frame appears to be inspired from designs by Roentgen, one of the greatest German cabinetmakers of his day, whereas the interior would seem derived from a more ancient tradition of 17th century cabinet making in Germany. With magnificent carving, the use of a variety of materials, the creation of perspective and the use glass to produce optical illusions, are all reflected in an albeit more neoclassical manner inside this bureau.
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