Description & Technical information

A fine early 18th century walnut bureau cabinet of beautiful colour, having a double domed moulded top above two doors probably retaining the original bevelled mirror plates, framed by three tapering pilasters unusually fitted with fine brass Corinthian capitals and bases, revealing a fitted interior with a single shelf above two banks of five drawers and a central door with mirrored interior behind, flanked by pilasters concealing compartments and two further drawers below, and having two candle slides to the front, all fitted with brass knobs.

The book matched veneered fall with moulded book rest supported on pull-out lopers opens to reveal a green velvet lined writing surface and well in front of a bank of seven drawers, four concave, one long and two short, with nine pigeon-holes above and two short and two graduated drawers below with brass ring handles and escutcheons; on a moulded plinth with later turned bun feet.

Note: The unusual use of brass mounts to the pilasters is a sign of superior quality and would have been very costly at the time of manufacture.

Date:  1720
Period:  1600-1750, 18th century
Origin:  England
Medium: Walnut
Dimensions: 221 x 109 x 60 cm (87 x 42⁷/₈ x 23⁵/₈ inches)
Provenance: Ronald Lee Ltd., London, circa 1962.
Private Collection, England.

Categories: Furniture