Antique Secretary Desk

by Ed Ackerman in Models


Illustrated documentation is included with the model.

Please note that some materials used in this model make use of the Color Mix node.  If this model is to be used with Blender 3.4 and later, the Color Mix node will automatically be converted to the newer Mix node which replaces it, and should look and render fine.  However, once converted and saved with Blender 3.4 and later, the material will no longer work with Blender versions prior to 3.4.

Description:

This model is of an Eastlake style Victorian secretary desk from the latter part of the 19th century.  Mahogany is used for the base frame and trim pieces.  An inlaid green leather writing surface and brass drawer pull hardware are also used.  This model features bookcase doors that can be rotated to open and close them, as well as the ability to rotate the writing surface into the open or closed position.  The model is of sufficient detail that it can be used in close-up and it can be used in any period scene.

Usage:

The model is contained in a single .blend file with all textures/images/materials packed inside.  To use it in your scene, you can append it as follows:

Go to the File Menu and pull down to Append

Find the “Antique_Secretary_Desk.blend” file and Double Click on it.

Double Click on the Collection icon.

Select the “Append_Secretary_Desk” collection and Click Append

Note that the model components are all parented to a master Empty Item represented by the large labeled axis.  You can move or rotate the Empty to adjust the location and orientation of the model.

In addition the bookcase doors can be rotated into their open and closed positions using other Empty items represented by spheres at the left and right-hand side of the doors. To rotate either door, select its corresponding Sphere Empty Item and rotate on the Z axis to the desired position. Finally, the writing surface can be rotated between its open and closed position using the Sphere Empty on the underside of the writing surface.  Select this Sphere Empty Item and rotate it to the desired position.  Constraints on these Empties will permit rotation on only one axis.

Technical:

The Antique Secretary Desk was modeled in Blender 3.1 and uses PBR shaders with some procedural adjustment to color.

Dimensions:  H 95.3” (242 cm)   W 45.1” (114.6 cm)   D 20.8” (52.8 cm) Closed

                            D 32.5” ( 82.6 cm) Open

Vertex Count: 36,732

Face Count: 33,717

Textures: 4K PBR

Subdivision modifiers are used on some of the components to make the rendered result smoother. These subdivision modifiers will display when rendered, but are not currently set to display in the 3D viewport.  They can be enabled by clicking on the viewport icon in the modifier properties tab for each part.

Images were rendered in Cycles.  All materials work in Eevee as well.



Published 9 months ago
Blender Version 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
Render Engine Used cycles, eevee
Misc Data uvs-unwrapped, textured
License Royalty Free
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