A George III antique mahogany drop flap bureau on bracket feet.
Fitted with period pierced brass lock plates to the drop flap and matching plates to the drawer handles, very much of the Georgian/Regency era. The drop flap and drawer fronts are beautifully inlaid with satingwood herringbone with the drop flap also featuring a bross banded frame. The drawer fronts are given a sense of depth with cockbeading around the edges, although one can still see the fantastic hand cut dovetails on the side of the drawers.
The drop flap opens to reveal a fitted interior with a central lockable cabinet, which in turn opens to reveal a pair of small drawers below a shelf. Flanking the central door are four small drawers below six pigeon holes. The reverse of the drop flap is fitted with a red felt writing pad, although this would benefit from replacment with a nice tooled leather inlay. The drop flap is supported on two extendable rails, with cock beading to match the drawers and fitted with a small brass knob.
Below the writing portion of the bureau there is a shallow drawer located between the extendable rails, and pair of short drawers and two long drawers leading to the base. All drawers are graduated and dovetailed as mentioned above.
This is an antique item of furniture and will be expected to show signs of age. As can be seen in the pictures supplied there are some parts of the veneer missing here and there. The interior behind the drop flap shows some pock marks as well as to the interior side wall. The extending rails have had the stoppers removed. The sides and back show splits where the wood has shrunk although this is not unusual for items of this age. The right hand side has had a splice fitted into the split although this is a bit loose now and doesn't cover the entire length of the split. There are some marks to the red felt lined writing pad. The pins within the hinges have moved and require replacing or resetting.
Otherwise the frame is rock solid and the drawers open smoothly.
W84cm H 100cm D51cm
Stock Code: CA615
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