Empire secrétaire a abattant

  • Made by Joseph Laidin
  • Boston, 1826
  • Mahogany, mahogany veneer, basswood, white pine
  • Brass
  • Boxlike desk with fall-front writing surface (upper portion pulls forward and lower using a counterweight mechanism)
  • Doors below conceal drawers for storage.
  • Based on French design sources, this high-style form was popular primarily in urban centers.