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A George I Burr Walnut Bureau Bookcase
England, circa 1715

A magnificent George I burr walnut bureau bookcase of small proportions. The convex cornice, with upper and lower moulded edges, over a burr walnut and feathered banded door, with an inset beveled mirror plate with re-entrant top corners, which opens to reveal a walnut interior and an arrangement of retractable shelves. The fall, cross and feather banded with bookrest, opens to reveal an arrangement of drawers and pigeon holes. With two short and three long graduated, feather banded, burr walnut veneered, oak lined drawers fitted with original ring handles and plate escutcheons. The sides of book matched figured walnut. The whole standing on its original bracket feet.

Of exceptional colour and patina. Finely veneered throughout.

A particularly rare small size.

There is a virtually identical bureau cabinet featuring a glazed door and bearing the trade label of renowned cabinet-maker John Phillips of St. Paul's Churchyard, London. This piece is illustrated in Sir Ambrose Heal, The London Furniture Makers 1660 -1840.

Height 194.50cm (76.57 inches)
Width 62.00cm (24.41 inches)


Comparative Literature
A. Bowett, Early Georgian Furniture 1715-1740,Woodbridge, 2009, p. 76, pl.2.49

Reference - N07.123