Secrétaire Liberty

Italy Early 20th century

Code :  ANMOST0162525

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Secrétaire Liberty

Italy Early 20th century

Code :  ANMOST0162525

not available

Secrétaire Liberty - Italy Early 20th century


Italy Early 20th century

Style:  Liberty (1890-1920)

Time:  XIX Century - from 1801 to 1900 , XX Century - from 1901 to 2000

Origin:  Italia

Main essence:  Beech tree Oak

Material:  Breach , Golden Bronze


Liberty secrétaire in oak and beech, Italy early 20th century. Breccia top with grooved profiling, flap door concealing the castle with compartment and 3 drawers, body with 4 drawers. Decorated with gilt bronze tile and handles, worked with plant and phytomorphic motifs.

Product Condition:
Product that due to age and wear may require restoration and resumption of polishing.

Dimensions (cm):
Height: 137
Width: 63
Depth: 45

Additional Information

Style: Liberty (1890-1920)

Historical stylistic period formed from the end of the 19th century (c. 1890) after the Umbertino style and continued until the First World War. The current was characterized by the floral influence and the soft and curved lines, a typical example are the "whiplashes". The first signs of this new era came from architects such as Hector Guimard (1867-1942) who built numerous buildings and hotels, in addition to the famous Parisian subway shelters in full Art-Nouveau style but also by people like Arthur Mackmurdo furniture design and Arthur Industrial Liberty and London merchant of the late 19th century who began to produce upholstery fabrics with floral motifs with soft and sinuous shapes. The universal exhibition in Paris in 1900 in which new objects with soft, gentle and floral lines were presented was an important point for the development and affirmation of Liberty in the following decade. Liberty was called in different ways according to the nation, universally known as Art-Nouveau but also as Jugendstil in Germany, Secessionist in Austria, Art and Craft in America and Great Britain, Modernism in Spain and it is thought that Arthur Liberty derives the name given in Italy to this beautiful stylistic current. The name Art-Nouveau, on the other hand, is thought to derive from a shop located in Paris called Maison de l'Art Nouveau which began to show off furniture items with a new and innovative design in its windows. With the end of the First World War, the naturalistic period of Liberty ended and the Art-Decò style emerged, with more rigid and geometric lines.
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XIX Century - from 1801 to 1900

XX Century - from 1901 to 2000

Main essence:

Beech tree

It is a semi-hard wood which, unfortunately, is easily wormed, therefore it is considered poor. Due to its light but variegated shades, from blond to reddish, it was nevertheless appreciated by French cabinetmakers. It was mainly used for furniture structures or, as an alternative to walnut, by provincial English furniture makers for popular works, mostly in the 1700s. The noblest use is due to Thonèt, who applied the steam bending of the beech in the making of the furniture, in particular for the chairs that took his name.


Under the name of oak or oak various types of woods derived from plants of the genus quercus are grouped. They are always resistant, hard and compact woods. Oak is lighter than oak, both are used for more rustic furniture or for the interiors of French and English antique furniture. In other processes it was gradually replaced by the advent of exotic woods considered more valuable since the 18th century.



Golden Bronze

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