Casepieces of this type are often designed as secretary desks, but this example offers one large drawer beneath two small convex drawers and raised panel doors with stencil work typical of the Haines & Holmes shop in New York. This piece retains its original stenciling above the elaborate glass doors and bordering panels on the draw and doors below, all of which is in perfect condition. All elements are
original including brasses (see detail).
Its size is quite dramatic, and with the upper and lower
columns—the former embellished with gilt mounts—makes this a dramatic example of classical style. Also, we would be remiss if we did not
bring attention to the beautifully carved paw feet, which add a feeling to
strength considering the monumental nature of the piece they carry.