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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

4.15.2008

Speaking of Bedrooms, Secretaries and Investments...


Last week Katie explained to us why she favors antique secretaries as a young collector's first investment. She noted that these versatile pieces can be used almost anywhere, even in a bedroom. Oscar de la Renta must feel the same way. This early 18th century Spanish mother-of-pearl secretary was, according to Sarah Mower's book, a "love-at-first-sight impulse" purchase -- Oscar's first major acquisition -- paid for in installments over 18 months.

Image is from House Beautiful, June 2002. HB says the secretary is 17th century. Sarah Mower, in her book, Oscar, describes the piece as 18th century.

5 comments:

beachbungalow8 said...

you can make an entire room sing with a single piece that's this outstanding.

The Peak of Chic said...

I agree with Megan. That secretary just steals the show!

phoenix said...

That secretary is stunning!

katiedid said...

Wow! Now that's an investment that no one would ever regret! What a beauty!

LallaLydia said...

Gorgeous. I hate the little victorian-floral bed spread but it does illuminate the rest of the room with a certain sparkle. I'm digging that bed canophy too...