The Antique Bureau is a term used for a writing desk with a sloping fall-front and is one of the earliest form of writing furniture, first seen in the Mid 17th Century. It was a french design but copied by English Cabinet makers and they would use gate legs to support the fall fronts but by the 18th century the gate leg supports were replaced by sliding pull out loppers at each side and this was a much more practical design. The antique bureau comes with interesting features such as small drawers, pigeon holes, sliding bookends or bible wells to conceal important documents or jewellery. Until the mid 18th Century the bureau section was a free standing, but then it was combined with a chest of drawers making the more well known Georgian Bureau design. Mouldings on the fronts of the dust boards can be seen on the earlier versions but the Georgian examples have cock beading on the edges of the drawers with a hinged Fall front and were usually made from mahogany or oak. Earlier examples would have used more exotic veneers such as burr walnut with feather banding, string inlay or cross banding as decoration. Later Victorian and Edwardian Bureaus were mainly in Mahogany and highly inlaid with decorative floral designs. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
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Below are some more examples of antique bureaux we have sold recently.
George III Mahogany Antique Bureau dated October 5th 1778, the bureau has a figured fall front with key and working lock and the interior has 20 small oak lined drawers and two pigeon holes. The lower section has four graduating oak lined drawers with cock beaded edges and quality brass swan neck handles.
Fine Antique Country Georgian Oak Bureau, Dating from around 1760 in the Georgian period with a distinct charm about it. It has a beautifully figured fall front that when opened reveals an interior that contains a central cupboard door and four small drawers in an unusual curved figuration along with several pigeon holes. The lower section has two over three graduating cock beaded drawers with oval brass handles. The antique bureau stands on a shaped apron with bracket feet and oozes a sense of charm and character, not surprising since it is over 250 years old!
Antique Georgian Mahogany Bureau with Beautifully Fitted Interior. This antique mahogany bureau dates from around 1800 in the Georgian period and has a beautifully fitted interior. The stunningly figured moulded fall front still has a key and working lock and once opened it reveals a splendidly fitted interior. With eight small oak lined drawers with brass handles, eight beautifully shaped pigeon holes and a central elegantly inlaid cupboard door the finish of the whole interior oozes a sense of luxuriousness, not obvious from the clean simple lines of the exterior of the piece.
Antique Edwardian Satinwood Small & Elegant Bureau, circa 1910, and has small, elegant proportions. It has a moulded fall front which when opened reveals an immaculate interior for a piece over 100 years old. It contains a green, faux leather writing insert, a central cupboard door with key and working lock, two small mahogany lined drawers, with original handles, and several pigeon holes. The lower section has three graduating mahogany lined drawers with original brass handles and sits proudly on stylish cabriole legs. With its original back boards and beautiful cross banding in rosewood with boxwood and ebony string inlay, this very fine small antique bureau has been very well cared for over its lifetime and is in pristine condition for its age.
Quality Antique Georgian Mahogany Bureau with Rococo Styling, circa 1770, is of a lovely quality further enhanced by the Rococo styled brassware. It has a wonderfully figured fall front, with Rococo brass key escutcheon, which when opened reveals an interior that contains four small drawers and several pigeon holes. The lower section has four graduating oak lined, cock beaded drawers with decorative Rococo brass key escutcheons and swan neck handles.
Unusual Georgian Cherrywood Antique Bureau. It has a moulded fall front which when opened reveals an interior containing a central cupboard door, two secret pull out slides, four small drawers and several pigeon holes. This cherrywood antique bureau is a lovely warm golden colour with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.
- Antique bureau to London,
Dear James, Just to confirm that I received my Bureau today, and that I’m very pleased with it. Can I also ask you to pass on my grateful thanks to your two delivery men. They did a fantastic job in getting the Bureau up onto the first floor for me. Not only did they cope with the difficult stairs, but they also had an extremely hard time in getting the Bureau up and over the top banister rail. A job very well done. Thank you.
Hi James,The desk arrived today and it’s fabulous! Thanks, Sian
- Beautiful antique bureau,
Dear JamesThe bureau has arrived and is very beautiful – I am delighted.Do you know anything of its history? It would be very interesting to know where it has been. (Don’t worry if not, but I do wonder who has sat where I am now, and hope they got as much pleasure out if their bureau as I do.) Thank you for arranging everything so well.Best wishesSueAntique bureau