This is an exquisite Swedish Gustavian period painted secretary with library and original brass hardware and locks, circa 1780. The upper section has two drawers and two shelves, the top shaped and slotted for spoons, behind raised panel door fronts. The lower section has a slant front with three graduated drawers on either side, two smaller center drawers, and a center door all behind the writing surface. There are three large drawers below the drop-down front desk. The writing surface height is 29.44 in. The full depth of the secretary is 35.44 in. 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.