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Exotic domes and minarets only hint at the splendours inside

Bernard Molitor (1755-1833)

Secretaire late eighteenth century

Oak, mahogany, ebony, lacquer, gilt bronze, marble | RCIN 2443

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This pair of rectangular upright secretaires, veneered in ebony and with panels of Japanese lacquer, were purchased for George IV by his Clerk-Comptroller of the Kitchen and ‘scout’, Jean-Baptiste Watier. They were sent to the Royal Pavilion, Brighton on 22 November 1817.

The maker, Bernard Molitor, produced expensive furniture in an elegant and relatively unchanging neo-classical style.