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George I Burr Walnut Bureau

Early 18th Century George I Burr Walnut Veneered Bureau from Ham House

This exquisite bureau, dating back to the early decades of the 18th century, epitomises the elegance and functional craftsmanship characteristic of the George I period in England. The use of burr walnut, a prized material among connoisseurs of fine furniture, lends an intricate, mottled texture to the veneer that is both visually striking and tactilely pleasing. The bureau’s surfaces, especially the top and fall front, showcase expertly applied book-matched veneers, which create a symmetrical pattern of the wood grain, enhancing the aesthetic harmony and luxurious appeal of the piece.

Craftsmanship and Detailing

The artistry of the bureau is further emphasised through the meticulous application of feather banding and cross banding. These decorative techniques, involving thin strips of contrasting wood inlaid along the edges, frame the panels with exquisite precision, adding depth and a refined visual framework to the overall structure. The fall front is supported by sturdy oak bearers, a testament to the enduring construction practices of the time, and is adorned with brass knobs that offer a warm, golden contrast to the rich brown hues of the walnut.

Interior and Functionality

Upon opening the fall front, one is greeted by a fully fitted interior, a hallmark of high-end furniture from this era. The inner compartments, comprising an array of drawers and pigeon holes, are veneered in highly figured walnut, ensuring that the interior matches the exterior in both quality and beauty. This configuration not only maximises organisational efficiency but also highlights the cabinetmaker’s skill in creating a cohesive aesthetic experience both inside and out.

Structure and Provenance

The bureau features two short over three long graduated drawers, each fitted with original hardware that maintains its functional integrity and historical authenticity. The presence of original fixtures enhances the bureau’s value as a collector’s item, preserving the tactile interaction as intended by its original craftsmen. It is raised on ogee bracket feet, a design choice that provides stability and an elegant silhouette, typical of the period’s stylistic preferences.

The provenance of this bureau traces back to Ham House, enriching its historical significance with a noble association. Known for its rich collection of antiques, the lineage of Ham House provides a prestigious backdrop, suggesting a history replete with aristocratic usage and careful preservation.

Historical Context and Collectibility

The early 18th century was a time of flourishing artistic expression in England, with furniture making reaching new heights of technical skill and artistic design. This bureau not only serves as a functional piece of furniture but also as a vivid piece of history, embodying the aesthetic preferences and social mores of the George I era. Its blend of utility, beauty, and historical lineage makes it a highly desirable item for collectors and enthusiasts of fine English furniture.

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George I Burr Walnut Bureau

Ham House George I Burr Walnut Bureau

Stock Number: 80679

A fine early 18th century George I burr walnut veneered bureau, the top and fall front, with book-matched veneers, feather banding and cross banding, the fall front supported on oak bearers with brass knobs, opening to a fully fitted interior of drawers and pigeon holes and veneered in highly figured walnut. The chest with two short and three long graduated drawers with original hardware and raised on ogee bracket feet.

Provenance: Ham House
  • Height: 104 cm (41 inches)
  • Width: 102 cm (40 inches)
  • Depth : 52 cm (20.5 inches)

£18,500

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  • Height: 104 cm (41 inches)
  • Width: 102 cm (40 inches)
  • Depth : 52 cm (20.5 inches)

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