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Antique Dutch Marquetry Burr Walnut Bombe' Bureau c.1780

Dutch Bombe Bureau | Antique Bombe Bureau | Ref. no. 07282 Sold

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We are pleased to present for your inspection, this very imposing antique 18th Century Dutch burr walnut and floral marquetry ‘bombe’ shaped walnut bureau which is believed to date from around 1780.

The antique Bombe Bureau has been fashioned from high quality burr walnut and it is typical of some of the best pieces of Dutch furniture of the period with lovely hand-cut floral marquetry decoration that is clearly the work of a skilled craftsman using the finest materials.

This Antique bombe bureau has a serpentine fall front which opens reveal an interior with a small central compartment with a door as well as a number small drawers, providing lots of storage space. There is also a pair of columns which house secret sliding compartments. Please look at the photographs we have included in this description in order to see the extensive storage options that are part of this lovely bureau.

There are three full width graduated drawers located below the fall. The back and drawer linings are of solid oak, with solid brass handles and escutcheons in excellent condition.

A substantial and heavy item like this needs strong support and, in order to provide this, this antique bombe bureau stands on delightful and skillfully carved ball and claw feet that are more than capable of doing the job.

As you can see from the many photographs supplied, this is a wonderful piece of antique furniture which serves as an exquisite example of Dutch 18th Century cabinetry at its very best.


This piece is offered for sale in excellent condition having been carefully restored in our own workshops, by our own craftsmen, please see the photos above for confirmation of this.

More Information and To View

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Shipping, Delivery and Return

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If you are not satisfied with the item we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this Dutch Bombe Bureau, unless we have erroneously described the item in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return the item in its original packaging and condition.

You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 107 x Width 136 x Depth 62

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 6 inches x Width 4 feet, 5 inches x Depth 2 feet, 0 inches

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 07282