The Secretaire is the meaning for an enclosed writing desk, usually having an upper cabinet section of a piece of antique furniture. This was first introduced in the late Georgian eras by furniture designers like Hepplewhite and Chippendale. They can come in lots of different forms of furniture from the secreaire chest, cabinets to larger bookcases. The antique secretaire bookcase was the ideal solution for the Victorian gentleman as he was able to do his work with all his resources within reach, having a large bookcase above. The Antique Secretaire Desk was similar to the bureau but more square in shape on a chest of drawers, with a deep pull out top drawer  that folded down to reveal stationary compartments and a writing surface.

If you are interested in buying a secretaire please visit our desks or bookcases categories as we do get some lovely examples in stock.