Late 17th century small Walnut Writing Desk. Exceptional use of rich and decorative burr wood veneers and herringbone crossbanding follows the new style of veneered furniture that was introduced to Britain in the 2nd half of the 17th century. The natural grain and figure of the woods was used to ornament a lighter style of furniture that enhanced the new spacious brick buildings of that period.This rare desk has a fitted interior, with a hidden "well" or storage space (including a hidden drawer), and a leathered writing inset slope. 2 drawers sit above a cupboard. The flush veneered doors enclosing the cupboard retain original brass key plates and hinges (one hinge replaced with an exact casting) The bun feet, prone to wear and rot, were replaced at some time. A wonderful surface allows the glow of the burr walnut to shine. Circa 1690.
A most attractive18th century bureau, unusually made with cherrywood. The interior is fitted with drawers and pidgeon holes, and has a green leathered writing surface. The brassware, fine quality, may not be the originals but has been on the bureau for a long time. Standing on original bracket feet, this bureau is a perfect size to use. Being mostly solid wood (rather than veneers on pine) it has survived well, but please note that the fall front has twisted slightly, however this does not affect the functioning or appearance of the bureau. Circa 1780
From the early 18th century walnut period comes this attractive country bureau. The drawers and fall are inlaid with herringbone banding. The desk interior is fitted with drawers and pidgeon holes, and inset with a leather writing surface. The honeyed tones of the walnut is exceptional, and the original brasses are in great condition. Circa 1720.