Geo II Period Oak and Holly Inlaid Bureau
Rare early 18th. Century Oak Bureau crossbanded in chevron bandings of Holly and Bog Oak, the rectangular fall opening to reveal a fitted interior of small drawers and pigeon holes around a central door with further removable drawers section and secret compartments behind and a sliding well all above three false drawers, two short and three full width graduated drawers, the whole raised on shaped bracket feet and retaining the original handles and backplates throughout. Literature: This Bureau is illustrated and described in “English Country Furniture” by David Knell, Page 64, Plates 25 & 25A, Published 2000 by the Antique Collectors Club. He states that this inlay is typical of pieces from Cheshire. The double moulding running around the carcass and top is typical of pieces made before about 1720 though the pierced backplates are more of a mid 18th. century model though the internal Axe-drop knobs are also usual on earlier pieces. This all suggests a provincial workshops using a mixture of “modern” handles on the outside whilst using earlier “stock” knobs for the interior.