A comparable secrétaire with similar stepped top and with similar brass banding from the Peter Marino collection is illustrated, Antoine Chenevière, Russian Furniture, New York, 1988, p. 128, fig. 116.
The pierced gallery and top gallery are possibly later replacements. Lock mechanism to inner cupboard door reglued. New leather lined writing surface, mahogany shelves restored. Restoration to the veneer of drawer. WIth old minor marks, dens and scratches consistent with age. Hairline cracks to front and side. The handles in the inner drawers do not pierce through the drawer, suggesting re-veneering. The locks have been replaced. The feet are later. In otherwise very good restored condition. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.