An exquisite Neoclassical Empire Secretary by Johan Högman, 1814
50" wide x 21.5 deep x 65" high
35" deep when open
From the titled estate of Beck-Friis Löwenhielm, Stockholm, this extraordinary Neoclassical mahogany Chiffonjé is exquisitely crafted down to secret spring loaded drawers and beautifully articulated lion-paw feet on all four corners. Marble columns inside and out, wood peg construction with white pine and kiefer as the secondary woods.
From the estate of Swedish Architect Alfred Grenander, from Villa Tångvallen, in Falsterbo Sweden. This extraordinary Neoclassical Secretary in West Indies mahogany is a masterwork by the Stockholm master cabinet maker Johan Högman. The Secretary is documented in the cabinet makers' society in Stockholm where there is a unique collection of original drawings of all masterworks made between 1751 and 1846. Johan Högman's masterwork was submitted in 1814 which gave him entry into the Swedish society of master cabinetmakers. His master work, this exceptional secretary, is exquisitely crafted starting with the secret spring-loaded drawers underneath and flanking the pediment top, and ending with the beautifully articulated lion heads that embellish all four lion's paw feet on which this fine piece rests. Högman's cabinet found its way into the estate of Beck-Friis Löwenhielm at some point in its history. Alfred Grenader being a decedent of the Beck-Friis Löwenhielm family several generations removed was presumably in possession of the Secretary as a family heirloom. Alfred Grenader, who was trained in Berlin, was influenced by German Jugendstil and the later Bauhaus movements, as can be readily seen in his summer home, designed and built by him in Falsterbo, Sweden, in 1906. Most of the purchased furnishings in that home were Jugendstil in style, however he also included some family heirlooms including the Högman secretary. The secretary has resided in Villa Tångvallen, in Falsterbo from 1906 until this year when the estate was sold by the living descendents of Alfred Grenander. Alfred Grenader is best known for his work on the Berlin Uban. Between 1902 and 1930 he constructed numerous U-Bahn stations, many of which have landmark status today.
There is writing scribed onto the bottom of the last drawer, but since it is faint and worn, it is difficult to say with certainty if it is Högman's signature or if the writing represents another facet of the cabinet's history.
Fall-front opens to a writing desk that offers a myriad of small drawers and two small cabinet doors, an open cubby hole flanked by marble columns capped with ormolu and letter compartments that pull-out offering hidden storage. Marble columns also decorate the exterior. Features wood peg construction with white pine and kiefer as the secondary woods, original ivory pulls and brass escutcheons.
WIDTH: 50 in | HEIGHT: 65 in | DEPTH: 21½ in
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CONDITION: Left exterior marble column was replaced at some point in its history with faux-painted wood (photographed) & was done so well it is not discernible except to the touch.