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Bureau, XF39, English, unknown maker, c.1760, mahogany, oak and brass, ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly
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Bureau, English, unknown maker, c.1760, mahogany, oak and brass

Height: 107cm
Width: 106cm
Depth: 52cm

Museum number: XF39

Curatorial note

The interior fitted out with an arrangement of ten small drawers with mahogany fronts on oak carcases and small turned brass knobs and four pigeon holes with serpentine aprons at the top; in the centre a small cupboard with a solid mahogany door with an overlaid mahogany veneer cut out to create the effect of a sunk panel in the form of a curvilinear cartouche; the cupboard is flanked by two narrow, fluted ‘secret drawers’. Bureau slope supported on two pull-out lopers with brass drop handles (one original and one a recent replacement); the lower part of the bureau contains four drawers with mahogany fronts on oak carcases, each drawer lined with blue paper (see also XF67); cock beads round drawer and loper fronts; drawers have brass rococo style back plates to the bail handles and brass rococo keyhole escutcheons; drawers retain their original brass locks; the lock to the slope is missing; the whole on shaped bracket feet.

This bureau served as the Housekeeper’s desk in the front kitchen where it stood in the centre of the south wall with the mirror (XF44) and the clock (XF55) above it. It was extensively restored by John Graves in 1998.


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