An important French 18th century Louis XV ormolu-mounted vernis Martin and Japanese lacquer Grand secrétaire en dos d'âne
in the manner of Jacques Dubois, circa 1745, partially embellished by Beurdeley in the 19th century
decorated overall with landscapes, figures, birds, flowers and foliage and framed with foliate mounts, the shaped rectangular top above a hinged fall-front centred by an oval medallion depicting Hotei, God of happiness, with his treasure sack and two boys, within a scrolling foliate surround, flanked to each sides by cockerels and foliage, the interior with a gilt-tooled brown leather writing surface, the interior decorated with figures, landscapes and foliage, fitted with a central niche of nine drawers and a cupboard door enclosing three small drawers and a further secret compartment, flanked to each side by a pigeon hole above a drawer, the shaped sides with landscape panels within similar surrounds, the angles with foliate clasps, the kneehole surmounted by a simulated drawer, flanked to each side by a small drawer and a deep cupboard door, the back decorated with further lacquer panels, the central oval medallion depicting flying ducks in a landscape, within a foliate gilt-bronze surround, flanked to each side by flowers, on cabriole legs with pierced scrolling acanthus-cast sabots, each stamped with a 'C'- couronné poinçon; one drawer with old paper label inscribed LEILOES/ Soares & Mendonca. Limitada/ LISBOA/ 66 and with metal plaque to the underside of the carcass inscribed BPSM - Patrimonia No. 026391, 120cm wide, 60cm deep, 110cm high (47in wide, 23.5in deep, 43in high).