Georgian oak bureau c.1760 with 5 drawers, antique 18th century fall front desk

A beautiful richly warm toned antique Georgian 18th century oak bureau.

***Shipping is not included, it is by collection or courier. Please read details at the bottom of this section***

Of solid wood from top to bottom, this characterful bureau consists of a fall front which rests on pull out lopers to form a desk, with a range of cubby holes and shelves for paperwork, stationery and other practical bits you need but don’t need on show. This fall front desk panel unusually still has its key, so it locks closed.

Beneath the desk are five drawers, two narrow and three full width. These all have typical Georgian ‘bat wing’ shaped brass pulls. The eagle eyed will notice one does not quite identically match the other seven. The unit sits on elegant, curved bracket feet.

Built around 1760, some decades later during the Victorian period, wooden knob handles were in vogue and holes were drilled for these in the drawer fronts and can be seen from inside the drawer. At the same time presumably, the escutcheons were changed to simpler round brass ones. The original brass pulls have since been returned to the drawers.

 

In case of any doubt, the light vertical-ish line down the piece in the photos is a crack of sunlight during the photographing of the bureau!

There are a few knocks the bureau has taken over the centuries as pieces of such antiquity usually see, including three small filled spots to the top, see grouped picture, and a repair to part of the fall front near the left side hinge. The tops of the sides of the bottom drawer have seen some loss to woodworm which is historic but has been given two rounds of treatment to be doubly sure.

Though an antique piece built in a very different age, the concept of a foldaway desk suits modern day working from home perfectly, with its ability to fit in a small space (this example is a very appealing sub- 3 foot in width) which may be used for several purposes. For example, it would work in the living room of a flat where a separate office or desk is impractical, or a bedroom in shared accommodation where the drawers beneath the desk could be used for clothes.

This antique cabinet has improved with age and patina, with each decade of use adding character to its story.

The chest measures 86.5cm wide X 102cm tall X 47cm deep.

***Due to the size and weight of the bureau it will be sent by courier from Cardiff. You may also of course collect it or arrange a courier yourself.

Shipping by courier arranged by us is to be paid by the buyer directly to the courier on delivery. A price will be arranged by myself in advance with a courier based on bids received from well rated couriers on Shiply and agreed with the buyer before confirmation. Buyer’s contact details will be passed to courier with their permission in order to arrange a suitable delivery day and time.***

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A beautiful richly warm toned antique Georgian 18th century oak bureau.

***Shipping is not included, it is by collection or courier. Please read details at the bottom of this section***

Of solid wood from top to bottom, this characterful bureau consists of a fall front which rests on pull out lopers to form a desk, with a range of cubby holes and shelves for paperwork, stationery and other practical bits you need but don’t need on show. This fall front desk panel unusually still has its key, so it locks closed.

Beneath the desk are five drawers, two narrow and three full width. These all have typical Georgian ‘bat wing’ shaped brass pulls. The eagle eyed will notice one does not quite identically match the other seven. The unit sits on elegant, curved bracket feet.

Built around 1760, some decades later during the Victorian period, wooden knob handles were in vogue and holes were drilled for these in the drawer fronts and can be seen from inside the drawer. At the same time presumably, the escutcheons were changed to simpler round brass ones. The original brass pulls have since been returned to the drawers.

 

In case of any doubt, the light vertical-ish line down the piece in the photos is a crack of sunlight during the photographing of the bureau!

There are a few knocks the bureau has taken over the centuries as pieces of such antiquity usually see, including three small filled spots to the top, see grouped picture, and a repair to part of the fall front near the left side hinge. The tops of the sides of the bottom drawer have seen some loss to woodworm which is historic but has been given two rounds of treatment to be doubly sure.

Though an antique piece built in a very different age, the concept of a foldaway desk suits modern day working from home perfectly, with its ability to fit in a small space (this example is a very appealing sub- 3 foot in width) which may be used for several purposes. For example, it would work in the living room of a flat where a separate office or desk is impractical, or a bedroom in shared accommodation where the drawers beneath the desk could be used for clothes.

This antique cabinet has improved with age and patina, with each decade of use adding character to its story.

The chest measures 86.5cm wide X 102cm tall X 47cm deep.

***Due to the size and weight of the bureau it will be sent by courier from Cardiff. You may also of course collect it or arrange a courier yourself.

Shipping by courier arranged by us is to be paid by the buyer directly to the courier on delivery. A price will be arranged by myself in advance with a courier based on bids received from well rated couriers on Shiply and agreed with the buyer before confirmation. Buyer’s contact details will be passed to courier with their permission in order to arrange a suitable delivery day and time.***

Luisa Busignani
Luisa Busignani
2024-04-14
Lovely vintage shop with outstanding customer service!! When I fall in love with this Victorian table I was not in the position to receive the delivery right away due to house move. Tim kindly agreed to store it for me until I was ready. Cannot recommend it enough!!! Thank you for my lovely addition to my home.
Aimee Lewis
Aimee Lewis
2024-03-31
Absolutely over the moon with my purchase from Oaky Doke Vintage! I ordered a beautiful beech stool with red vinyl seat & it's just perfect, exactly what I was looking for. Delivery was very quick and packaging was extremely secure. Thank you Tim! :)
belinda ripley
belinda ripley
2024-03-14
I absolutely love this site. Last year I bought a dansette record player and recently bought a vintage butterfly table. The delivery was very quick and very well packed so no chance of breakages. Both items were exactly as described and as in the pictures. If you want anything vintage or a bit different this is the place to shop and every item comes with a personal note.I will be using this site for many years to come. Thank you Tim for giving me so much pleasure with my purchases. X
Anne Woberschar
Anne Woberschar
2024-02-21
Merci beaucoup pour votre envoi très soigné et rapide, très bel objet conforme à la description !
Keith Mackenzie
Keith Mackenzie
2024-02-20
Lovely vintage biscuit barrel in great condition. Solid, clean, and handy for storing the little bits and pieces that usually clutter up my bedside table. A bargain at the price, and delivery was super quick.
LARNTHEBARN
LARNTHEBARN
2024-02-06
Really please with the vintage clock purchased and speedy delivery
Marianne Paterson
Marianne Paterson
2023-12-07
Found a wonderful cabinet via Etsy and was signposted to the Oaky Doke Vintage Home website for the best price! Very impressed with the excellent customer service, attention to detail and care shown by Tim, who helped arrange a courier with a very reasonable price for me, coming all of the way to Scotland! Communication throughout excellent. Delighted with the quality of the cabinet, it's unusual aesthetic and multi-function use. Just perfect for helping solve the storage issues in our wee flat! A very happy customer and would highly recommend Tim's vintage business. I'll certainly be browsing the website in future for future finds. Thanks so much Tim!
Mark Studner
Mark Studner
2023-12-07
I am so pleased with my purchase of this stunning antique. I am all the way in Los Angeles and this is my 3rd purchase and I am so pleased with everything I bought. The postage was amazing and I can tell that Tim has great pride in his merchandise and his loyal customers. I will be coming back as much as I can. Thank you Tim for having an amazing store. I still think England has the best antiques. I highly recommend this store!🥰
Harvey Vaknin
Harvey Vaknin
2023-12-04
Great experience ordering from Tim and his business! I ordered a beautiful vintage record player - everything was as described on the website and Tim wrote up some very helpful instructions and advice for using the player too. Communication was fast and detailed, and Tim arranged for my player to be delivered by a trusted courier. Would recommend and use this company again. Thanks again Tim
Mysha Lewis
Mysha Lewis
2023-11-20
Fantastic! The phone we purchased circa 1930s is the perfect addition to our recent home purchase that was built in the 30s! The home came with a place where phones like these would have been and it looks great! Tim, thanks for a wonderful purchasing experience and I’m sure I will be back to find my next vintage item!
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