George II antique mahogany bureau cabinet

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George II antique mahogany bureau cabinet


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″
Ca. 1740


This mahogany bureau cabinet has an impressive architectural form and would be a very stylish addition to any interior.

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

The two arched 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, and the fall is conventionally supported on two lopers, lined in the best quality English oak.

The blind doors of this bureau cabinet 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. 

In excellent condition overall.


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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