Walnut secretaire, Jean François Hache in Grenoble around 1775 – 18th century

Beautiful secretary cabinet in blond walnut.
The rounded uprights rest on arched legs ending in “pastilles”, while the rear legs have a simple cutout.
The front face opens with a flap lined with gilded leather with small irons acting as a writing desk.
It reveals a theater with four rows organized into six lockers and six drawers of different sizes.
The lower part opens with two leaves which provide access to six additional compartments.
The visible parts of the theater and the lockers are in red fir, in order to create a contrast with the blond walnut of the drawers and the facade.
The door and panel moldings are tinted black.

A theater drawer stamped on the edge “Hache Fils à Grenoble”, a mark used by the cabinetmaker Jean François Hache (1730-1796).

Beautiful state of preservation, original back made of fir planks …

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… nailed horizontally.

Black blackberry marble top, (probably recut or added *).

Work by Jean François Hache, Grenoble end of the Louis XV period around 1775.

Dimensions :

Height: 123cm; Width: 100.5 cm, Depth: 44 cm

For a similar Secretaire see: “La Dynastie des Axes” by René Fonvielle page 84

*The presence of a basin floor on the upper part of the secretary confirms that our secretary came out of the Grenoble workshops with a marble top.
Generally the marbles used by the Axes were left raw on the internal face which was embedded in the basin.
This process was misunderstood in the 19th century and many of these very thick marbles, considered unfinished, were polished or replaced in the 19th century.

Our opinion :

The secretary that we present is characteristic of the productions of Jean François Hache.
Like the majority of furniture coming out of its workshops, our furniture is very utilitarian, with lots of storage, while remaining financially accessible.
In accordance with his doctrine, he sublimates a very blond wood by using frames in blackened nets, he imitates the luxurious Parisian theaters in mahogany by tinting the fir tree in red, and he lightens the rectangular shapes of the furniture with rounded uprights placed on small feet. arched.
The ingenuity of Jean François Hache, who was both a cabinetmaker and an important businessman, enabled him to achieve undeniable success for nearly half a century, with timeless furniture.
Let’s add that our secretary which is presented in perfect condition is a rarity due to the presence of the stamp which replaces the usual label found on this type of furniture.

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