A 'secretaire a abbatant', or secretary, is the perfect fit. Think of all the things it can do - it's a dresser, it's a display shelf, and it's a desk. This one sold at a recent Stair Galleries auction in Hudson, NY for $1,250 off an auction estimate of $600 - $800. It's a Louis XVI mahogany secretary with a marble top. I love the curves in the interior shelves. Use your imagination as to what you put on display. Don't forget the top where you might add some beautiful Chinese vases.
Lot 878, and is described as second half of the 19th century. It has an auction estimate of $2,000 - $3,000.
Lot 317 in a Kamelot Auction in Philadelphia February 18th. It is described as 18th century and has an auction estimate of $2,500 - $3,500.
House and Home Magazine (Canada)
A secretaire can be three pieces of furniture in one. When shopping for one at auction and setting your top bid, add up individual pieces in your head and you may find that you have a bargain! It's so much more chic in any event.