|Dimensions:||Width: 68.5cm (27") Width incl base mould: 72.5cm (28 1/2") Height: 99cm (39") Depth: 55cm (21 1/2")|
|Date:||William and Mary 1689 - 1702|
|Date Description:||William and Mary Burr Walnut Writing Desk Bureau|
|Country of Origin:||England|
|Keywords:||WalnutBurrWilliam and Mary17th centuryDeskBureau|
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.