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Federal Walnut, Cherrywood, and Marquetry Secretary Bookcase, Circa 1800

Item Details

Type: Secretary Desk
Materials: Walnut, Cherry, Poplar, Wood
Marks: The lower section has a hidden compartment, which is accessed by opening the prospect door and removing the case of three drawers directly behind it. The compartment has a later inscription appearing to read “Jennie Kavanaugh… / born Pain Lick, Ky. March 14, 1877, / died Feb. 15, 1959, Richmond, Ky. / She owned this secretary for / many years and left it to / Joan Kavanaugh (Lesuaur), her / first cousin, once removed. / Joan married Alex Lesuaur. They / had this secretary in Lexington / and Morehead, Ky., Tallahassee / Fla., Cullounee and / Waynesville, N.C., and finally / home again to Lexington, Ky. / It has always been loved. / May the new owner please love / it too. / P.S. Jennie Kavanaugh… / lived in a beautiful old home / in Richmond called Abbeyville.”
Period: Circa 1800
Style: Federal
Additional Information: * Please note, the upper and lower sections are associated.
  • Please note, this is an item that may be especially difficult to move and/or transport. Unless the shipping option is selected, the winner is responsible for bringing appropriate assistance, vehicle, proper materials, and any necessary tools to pickup.

Terms & Conditions


- overall with various scratches, marks, nicks/chips, cracks, and abrasions consistent with age and use; the upper and lower sections are associated; scattered losses and repairs to inlay; upper section with repairs to broken-arch cornice; some or all of the finials are possibly associated and with repairs; door is missing interior lock plate; lower section with repairs above and to the back feet; desk interior with some ring stains; right hinge of slant lid with a repaired mount; top long drawer is missing interior lock plate; no key; other possible imperfections, wear, and repairs/restorations.


43.25" W x 101.75" H x 20.0" D

- measured assembled.

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