writing desks escritoires & bureaus

writing desks escritoires bureaus

william & mary bureau bookcase

William & Mary walnut bureau bookcase of good colour and fine veneers. W39". D24". H79". Circa 1690. £4750 SALE £3000

19th century partners desk

19th century mahogany partners desk of large proportions , having drawers on one side and drawers and cupboards on the other. W60". D38". H30.5". £2250 SALE £1200

William & Mary bureau on stand

William & Mary walnut and feather banded bureau on stand of small proportions with a fitted interior with secret drawers over a shaped apron and turned cup and cover legs with flat wavey stretchers. Circa 1690. W27.5". D18.5". H33". £6750

Sheraton period cylinder bureau

George III sheraton Satinwood and mahogany cylinder bureau of small proportions and having a well fitted interior. Retaining its original brasses and fittings. Circa 1790. W23.5". D16.5". H36.5". £5750


Queen Anne oak bureau of small proportions with a well fitted interior over two over two drawers and original bun feet. Circa 1710. W33". D20". H39.5". SOLD

Early 18th century oak court cupboard of rich colour with spiral twist columns and a scroll work frieze intialled MB and dated 1718. W65.5". D24.52. H61". SOLD

George I walnut and feather banded knee hole desk of small proportions and fine colour. Circa 1720. W30". D20.5". H31". SOLD

Queen Anne oak bureau of small proportion with a fine fitted interior with a well and secret drawers over two large drawers and bun feet. Circa 1710. W33". D21". H42". SOLD

William & Mary escritoire

William & Mary walnut and feather banded escritoire with a fitted interior over a fall with two over two drawers below. Circa 1690. W42". D18". H63". SOLD

18th century bureau bookcase

George II mahogany bureau bookcase of small proportions having a well fitted interior with candle shelvs over two over three drawers. W37". D20". H68". Circa 1730. SOLD

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Writing Furniture

Various types of tables, often of centre table type served as writing furniture. But by the later part of the 17th century the bureau came into fashion, at first with a falling flap to write on and having a fitted inerior with drawers and pigeon holes and being stood on a stand. Soon the stand was replaced by a bank of drawers…the bureau we know today. For the larger houses the escritoire was a large piece of furniture with again a falling flap, but with a bank of drawers behind, and also being raised on a bank of drawers.

The very late 17th and early 18th century century saw the arrival of the knee hole  desk…. origionally thought to be a bedroom piece for dressing…  This piece of furniture having a flat top for writing on and two banks of drawers either side of an aperture for the sitter. As with much of the fashionable furniture of the period walnut and oak were the main woods used.