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Antique Furniture Academy: Bureaux

Continuing with our 'Academy' we take a look at aspects of traditional writing bureauxGeorgian Antique Mahogany Drop Flap Bureau

A bureau is broadly defined by it's fitted writing desk interior which is concealed behind a 'fall-front' or 'drop flap'. The fall front usually rests on two arms that extend from the front of the bureau and can be inlaid with a tooled leather or felt writing pad. The hidden writing compartment is most commonly complimented with a bank of lockable drawers below providing significant additional storage space. Older examples were often cunningly fitted with various secret drawers and compartments to provide additional security in an age before banks and safety deposit boxes.

From the Millers Antique Guide: "Bureau: The French name for a type of desk with a hinged sloping top set above a chest of drawers. The top comes down to form an even writing surface behind which were are drawers and pigeonholes variously arranged."

A bureau is very similar both in form and function to a secretaire. The principal difference being that a secretaire will usually have the fitted interior writing compartment, again often inlaid with tooled leather or felt writing pad, hidden behind a hinged vertical drop flap. You can view our range of secretaires here.

In many ways with the recent trend for tablet computers and laptops over taking the traditional 'Tower PC' (big box) makes this type of furniture very much relevant and utilitarian once again. It does seem somewhat ironic that new technology should breathe life into antique furniture which was becoming increasingly 'ornamental' and now serves a purpose once again! Quite where the technology will take us next is anybodies guess...
Find our current selection of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian antique bureaux, as well as other furniture types suitable for the offfice in our collection of home office furniture.