1770-1775 French Drop-front sécretaire at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - The middle section is where the drop-front is: it opens to expose a writing surface, and a drawer and niches for placing books, letters and other items. The entire piece has been lacquered to emulate East Asian furniture - although it is black, it is not ebony.
Victorian - Carson Mansion in Eureka CA--"considered the most grand Victorian home in America." William Carson (July 15, 1825 – February 20, 1912), for whom the mansion was built, arrived in San Francisco from New Brunswick, Canada in 1849. He was one of Northern California's first major lumber barons.