Baroque secretary, Bern (Switzerland) 1750
Exquisite 18th century Baroque secretary, Bern (Switzerland) 1750, attributed to Mathaeus Funk (cabinetmaker 1697-1783). The secretary has a rectangular body with two drawers and a slightly convex front. Furthermore, it has a foldable desk with eleven drawers and one compartment. The fittings and the 18th century paste paper on the inside of the drawers are original.
Funk was well known to use this kind of paper to cover the inside of the drawers of his furniture pieces. (So called: “Herrnhuter Kleisterpapier”).
Mathaeus Funk (1697-1783)
Funk was born 1697 in Frankfurt (Germany). After his apprenticeship to become a cabinetmaker, he started his journeyman journey within Germany and in Paris. Since 1724 he worked and lived in Berne as a master cabinetmaker.
Five journeyman from Sweden and Germany worked in his growing workshop. His clients came from Swiss cities and the Duchy of Wuerttemberg.
As mentioned before, Funk was known for using the so called “Herrnhuter Kleisterpapier” (paste paper) to cover the inside of the drawers of his Baroque secretary or chest of drawers. You can find various examples of that in the pieces which are today in museum collections in Switzerland or southern Germany.
The biggest and most prominent collection of Funk furniture pieces is located in the castle of Jegenstorf , a small town in the Canton of Bern in Switzerland. Other pieces can be found in the Historical Museum in Bern.
The Baroque secretary is in very good condition and has a nice original patina. It measures Height: 43.31 in. (110 cm), Width: 43.31 in. (110 cm), Depth: 25.99 in. (66 cm) and ships from Germany, and includes shipping costs to Boston.
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