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Good Small George III Mahogany Bureau With Original Brasses c. 1780

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Good Small George III Mahogany Bureau With Original Brasses c. 1780

SHORT DESCRIPTION
A good quality solid mahogany Georgian bureau with a beautiful well fitted interior.
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DIMENSIONS
36 inches wide, 20.5 inches deep and 41 inches high. Floor to writing surface when fall is open is 30 inches. For metric please multiply by 2.5
DATED
c.1780

 
FULL DESCRIPTION
A good quality solid mahogany Georgian bureau with a beautiful well fitted interior.

The bureau has retained the original ornate brass pieced handles and original matching escutcheons throughout. The mahogany has a lovely golden thread running through it and attractive figuring which has developed a rich and warm colour over the last two hundred and forty years with good natural patination.

Having two short over three long graduated drawers, all of which are oak lined and dovetail jointed and in clean, solid and robust condition. The drawers open and close smoothly and have retained their original Chinese Chippendale design handles and escutcheons.

The interior of bureaux were usually made by a different cabinet maker in the same workshop who specialised in smaller scale and more elegant fittings. Here the maker has shown many skills - the drawers are all oak lined with tiny dovetail joints, and all are intricately inlaid with boxwood and ebony in a classical Greek pattern. The secret drawers which flank the central cupboard are beautifully turned in the solid rather than applied as mouldings and the pen drawer above the cupboard has been carefully carved to a cupped concave shape. The cupboard has its original lock and small working key. Above each pigeon hole is a serpentine apron and the dividers between the pigeon holes are also serpentine shaped, a lovely quality detail as many bureaux have only straight or simply shaped divisions.

The backboards and bracket feet are original also and the bureau has been well cared for all of its life. The heavy mahogany fall retains its original secure lock and working key and lowers smoothly to rest firmly and flat on the original extending lopers. Minor dings, marks and bruises and small losses consistent with age and careful use.

A handsome usable example made by skilled hands and from fine materials, it would have cost a small fortune back in the 1780s. In good original condition with only minor dings, marks and dents consistent with age.

Buying antiques is better for the environment than buying new furniture.By re-using these pieces which have served generations and been enjoyed for 100s of years you become the custodian of truly beautiful usable furniture and help to ensure that future generations can also one day use and enjoy them.