writing desks escritoires & bureaus

writing desks escritoires bureaus

EARLY 18TH CENTURY BUREAU

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". £3850

GEORGE I WALNUT KNEE HOLE DESK

George I walnut and feather banded knee hole desk of small proportions and fine colour. Circa 1720. W30". D20.5". H31". £3850

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