This is an exquisite Swedish Gustavian period secretary with library and original brass hardware and locks, circa 1780. The upper section has three shelves, the top shaped and slotted for spoons, behind door fronts carved with reeded panels. The lower section has a reeded slant front with three graduated drawers on either side, six smaller center drawers and a center door all behind the writing surface. There are drawers below the drop-down front.
The writing surface height is 35". The full depth of the secretary is 36.63" when the writing surface is open.
The Gustavian style, named after King Gustav III of Sweden, is a restrained interpretation of the French Louis XV and Louis XVI style. King Gustav III was enamored with the neoclassical style and therefore created his own interpretation for Sweden.