• Item: Georgian Mahogany Bureau / Desk
• Circa: 1780 – 1800
• Period: George III
• Provenance: England, UK
• Wood: Flame Mahogany
• Mahogany crossbanded fall
• Satinwood & Ebony string inlay to fall
• Original & complete comprehensive interior
• 8 Pigeon hole slots to interior
• 10 interior drawers featuring brass handles
• Central ‘cubby hole’ with ‘rare hidden’ sliding floor
• 2 secret “book shaped” interior drawers
• 1 secret drawer above “cubby hole” roof
• 2 pull-out fall supports with brass knobs
• Original brass oval handles & backplates to drawers
• Original working locks and key to fall and drawers
• 4 large oak-lined graduated, cross-banded drawers (below fall)
• Cock beaded drawer fronts
• Original backboards
• Original Ogee bracket feet
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14-day UK returns policy
Here is a fine quality antique English Georgian mahogany bureau, from the George III period, circa 1780, decorated with flame mahogany, mahogany cross-banding and satinwood inlay, displaying a lovely rich colour and patination, in excellent original condition. The desk is in excellent original working order, constructed from a solid frame, comprising a stunning flame mahogany fall and drawer fronts. The Georgian mahogany bureau with a mahogany cross-banded moulded fall, is decorated with satinwood and ebony inlay. The fall retains the original brass hinges and original brass working lever lock (with key). The fall opens to reveal a complete and original interior, comprising of 8 internal drawers, with the outside drawers shaped, retaining their original small brass handles.
The central “cubby hole” opening, which is constructed of mahogany, features a rare sliding floor, with a hidden storage area below. The cubby hole also boasts a secret pull-out drawer within the roof and is flanked by two secret “book shaped” pull out drawers. All these secret hiding places are ideal places for storing valuables such as money or jewellery! These drawers are not visible on first inspection, unless you know about them. The book shaped secret drawers are accessed by putting your hand to the back of the cubby-hole, and pushing the back of the secret drawers forward. The interior also comprises 6 pigeon hole slots, which above this are a further two large drawers, disguised as a decorative frieze, boasting decorative shell shaped carvings. The fall is supported by the original two pull-out slides, with the original small brass handles. Below the fall is a bank of four graduated cock beaded drawers, decorated with stunning flame mahogany fronts. The drawers are oak lined, hand dovetailed and feature the original brass oval plate handles and key escutcheons, along with original steel lever locks (all with working keys). The fall retains its original working brass lever locks, with working key. The Georgian mahogany bureau is constructed with oak and pine backboards and is raised on a moulded plinth, supported by its original ogee bracket feet.
This Georgian mahogany bureau would look superb in a variety of rooms, including the office, hallway, living room or dining room. This item would certainly grace any home and is an excellent investment which has stood the test of time. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.
Here is a fine quality antique English Georgian mahogany bureau, from the George III period, circa 1780, decorated with flame mahogany, mahogany cross-banding and satinwood inlay, displaying a lovely rich colour and patination, in excellent original condition.
Nominal old use marks to the top, leading edges, fall, interior and inside of drawers, but nothing significant, considering the age of the item. The Georgian mahogany bureau has been cleaned and French polished by hand, to a professional standard, in our workshop, therefore the colour and patination are to an excellent standard. The fall opens easily with no significant warping, which is common with bureaus of this age. The interior is dry and clean, with some old use marks present, but these do not detract from the overall attractiveness of the item. The original brass fall hinges are in good working condition. Age related wear to the external corners of the fall (see photos). The fall retains its original working brass hinges and lever locks, with working key. The Georgian mahogany bureau interior is complete, with no missing sections or drawers. The internal drawers retain the original brass handles. The drawers below retain their original working brass lever locks (with key). The drawers incorporate their original oak hand-dovetailed drawer linings and oak bottoms. The drawers close flush to the frame and feature the original oval brass handles and escutcheons. Nominal old ink stains to the top right-hand drawer (see photos). The bureau retains its original backboards and is raised on a moulded plinth, terminating on its original ogee bracket feet. This Georgian mahogany bureau is solid in joint and ready to use.
External height = 109.3cm / 43” / 3ft 7”
External width (feet) = 108.5cm / 42¾” / 3ft 6¾”
External depth (feet) = 55.5cm / 21⅞” / 1ft 9⅞”
Writing height = 81cm / 31⅞” / 2ft 7⅞”
Writing width = 38½” / 3ft 2½”
Writing depth = 62cm / 24⅜” / 2ft 0⅜”
Knee Height (with fall open) = 79cm / 31⅛”
Terms & Conditions:
Before you purchase this item, please ensure you have read and are in agreement with our Terms & Conditions of Sale. If you have any questions regarding our Terms & Conditions of Sale, please contact us to discuss them, before purchasing this item.