Possibly Richard Seymour-Conway, fourth marquess of Hertford, British, 1800 - 1870 (Paris, France)
Sir Richard Wallace, British, 1818 - 1890 (Paris, France), by inheritance to Lady Wallace.
1890 - 1897
Julie Amélie Charlotte Castelnau Wallace, French, 1819 - 1897 (Paris, France), by bequest to Sir John Murray Scott.
1897 - 1912
Sir John Murray Scott, British, 1847 - 1912 (5 Connaught Place, London, England), held in trust by his estate.
1912 - 1913
Estate of Sir John Murray Scott, British, 1847 - 1912 (5 Connaught Place, London, England) [sold, French Decorative Objects and Furniture, Porcelain & Tapestry, The Property of Sir John E. A. Murray Scott, Bart., Christie's, London, June 24, 1913, lot 54, for 5,145 pounds to E. M. Hodgkins]
Edwin Marriott Hodgkins, British, 1860 - 1932 (London, England)
Jacques Seligmann, French, 1858 - 1923 (Paris, France), sold to Henry Walters, 1927.
Source: letters, documents, ledgers, and annotated photographs in the Archives of American Art, Jacques Seligmann & Co. records.
1927 - 1931
Henry Walters, American, 1848 - 1931 (5 East 61st Street, New York, New York), by inheritance to his wife, Sarah (Green) Walters.
1931 - 1941
Sarah (Green) Walters, died 1943 (5 East 61st Street, New York, New York) [sold, The Mrs. Henry Walters Art Collection, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, April 26, 1941, lot 712, for 4,700 dollars.]
Jean Germain Léon Cassel, Baron Cassel, Belgian, 1882 - 1952 (Englewood, New Jersey) and Marij Vincentia Van Doorn, Baronne Cassel van Doorn (Englewood, New Jersey) [sold, Succession du Baron Cassel, Galerie Jean Charpentier, Paris, March 9, 1954, lot 90, for 2,160,000 francs.]
Note: Baron Cassel was at the 1941 Mrs. Henry Walters sale where this sécretaire was sold; however, documentation of what he bought there has not yet been discovered.
Guedes de Souza, Portuguese, (Paris, France), sold to Frank Partridge & Sons.
Source: conversation with John Partridge, February 28, 1978, in the files of the Sculpture and Decorative Arts Department, J. Paul Getty Museum.
Frank Partridge & Sons, Ltd., Founded 1902 (London, England), sold through French and Company to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1972.