writing desks escritoires & bureaus

writing desks escritoires bureaus

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". £2450

Early 18th century walnut bureau

Early 18th century walnut and feather banded bureau of good colour and small proportions. Having a fitted interior with a well and a secret compartment. W36".

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

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". £8750

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


19th century mahogany partners desk of good proportions with drawers on one side and cupboards on the other side. Circa 1870. W60". D38". H30.5". £2250


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". £2850


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

Early 18th century bureau bookcase.

George II mahogany bureau bookcase of small proportions and early form with the bookcase having candle pull outs over a bureau with a stepped and well fitted interior. Circa 1730. W37. D20". H68". £2850

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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.

  • Bureaus
  • Escritoires
  • Knee hole desks