With our absolute highest compliments Bay Colony Antiques takes the utmost pleasure in offering this remarkable antique secretary abattant desk. This fall front desk, or secrétaire à abattant, as it is catalogued for the European market, is a timeless and iconic design which first originated in France towards the end of the 18th century and then ultimately spread throughout Europe gaining favor among upper middle-class patrons of fine furniture. The Biedermeier movement, which contrasted the decadence and opulence of the aristocratic classes, became the prevailing style among the bourgeois class during the second and third quarters of the 19th century. In central Europe, particularly the newly formed German Confederation and the lands belonging to the Prussian and Austrian Empires, the Biedermeier art movement had its strongest following of both patrons and artists which led to some of the finest furniture and decorative art items ever produced in European history. We have had the great fortune through several decades of continued operations to have handled German and Austrian produced Biedermeier art and objects of historical significance and museum quality and with that experience have come to recognize distinguishing features of central European Biedermeier period furniture. This strong familiarity allows us to properly catalogue German and Austrian made pieces when the only identifying clues are the materials and construction techniques used in the execution of any given piece. Based on the hardware, selection of premium woods, and techniques employed by the artisan who crafted this desk, we can state confidently that this desk was built for a wealthy patron in the region of Germany or Austria in the middle of the 19th century.