George II period mahogany bureau cabinet bookcase

//George II period mahogany bureau cabinet bookcase

George II period mahogany bureau cabinet bookcase


A George II antique mahogany bureau cabinet which has excellent colour and well matched figuring and patinated surfaces. Ca. 1740.

Uses: bureau; bookcase; desk; storage cupboard; cabinet; secretary desk.
Height: 7’6″
Width: 3’2″
Depth: 22″


This antique mahogany bureau cabinet has an impressive architectural form.

The top surmounted by a bold architectural pediment and centred with a brass finial.

The blind doors have well figured mahogany panels of superb colour which reflect beautifully in the candle light.

The chamfered and arched doors display a further level of sophistication and quality. The beautifully drawn arched pediment is in perfect proportion with the rest of the bookcase. 

The panel doors reveal three adjustable shelves which have candle slides below them. Furthermore, the bureau section is fitted with a stepped interior.  This has two secret compartments, drawers and pigeon holes. The fall is supported on two lopers. Lined in the best quality English oak.

In excellent condition overall. This antique would be a very stylish addition to any interior.


Architectural furniture designs on the continent commenced with the arrival of the Renaissance and they have their origins in Roman and Greek architecture.

We often refer to antique bookcases/ cabinets as ‘secretary desks’ in the US.


What is a bureau cabinet?

Bureau bookcases display books, china or silver behind glazed doors, but are described more accurately as bureau cabinets when they are fitted with blind doors.

Information on Pediments:

You can discover more useful information about pediments on this website and also in these publications.

Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture by Harris, Cyril, M., ed – Dover publications, New York, c. 1977, 1983 edition, page 386.

Encyclopaedia Britannica (11th ed.) Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911) Cambridge University Press.


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