Subcategory: Other Furniture
The small size of this George II Cuban mahogany Bureau on stand, along with its remarkably original condition, makes it very attractive.
An example of the condition is that it still retains it handles that are held by the earlier method of wire loops as opposed to cast pommels. This is both an indication of its age and the fact that the bureau has never been updated with more fashionable handles as tastes have changed. The quality of the timber, the mahogany drawer linings and its weight is also another indicator of its mid 18th century date. The interior is fitted with 5 drawers, one of which has shaped dividers to take inkwells etc. The pigeon hole dividers are also shaped and show the high standard of work of the cabinet maker. The height of the fall is such that it was probably intended to be stood at to work and may suggest it was for use in a cramped area such as a ship's cabin. The bureau is removable from the stand which was a standard method of construction rather than a firm pointer to use for travel. However, we have had a comparable bureau on stand that was stamped Colonel Kemp, showing its military use. A very good example of the quality of Georgian cabinet making. Circa 1750.