Catalogue No. 2013
This is a Georgian period (c.1780) oak estate bureau. Larger bureaus or desks are often called estate furniture as they were made for commercial or country house usage. The bureau stands on small shaped bracket feet. The drawer fronts are cross-banded with a narrow strip of mahogany. To each side of the bureau there is a quarter ionic column (a style popular in northern counties of England, often called Lancashire style). The fall when open is supported by the two smaller top drawers instead of the much more common lopers. The interior of the bureau is fitted with an arrangement of small drawers, pigeon holes, a central cupboard and hidden compartments. The bureau is in good clean condition throughout. There are two old repairs to the top of one side of the bureau (see photo).
Height to writing surface - 80cm
124 x 52 x 109 cm (W x D x H)