Antique English William & Mary Walnut & Feather Banded Bureau 17th C
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We are delighted to offer this remarkable antique bureau which is over three hundred years old being dated around 1690.
Crafted from burr walnut this William & Mary antique bureau has beautifully feathered crossbanding. The hinged fall encloses a fitted stepped interior that comprises four small drawers, a central cupboard and secret compartments. There is also an ink well with a sliding cover.
Raised on a shaped apron stand, this lovely antique bureau has a pair of half-width and two full width drawers which have brass lock fittings. It comes complete with working locks and keys.
William & Mary period furniture is characterised by being sturdy and emphasising both curves and straight lines. The emphasis is on unity where all the elements contribute to the overall shape or look. The style drew on a variety of influences including Dutch, French, and Italian baroque furniture designs and was very popular in Britain from 1700 to 1725. This antique bureau demonstrates the unity of form extremely well.
Walnut is a popular and attractive wood for furniture making due to its hard, dense and tight-grained nature meaning it can be polished to a very smooth finish. Burr walnut refers to a swirling figure that is found in nearly all walnut especially the wood cuts taken from the base of the tree where the trunk joins the roots. True burr walnut refers to a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow producing some of the most complex and beautiful figuring that can be found in any wood. Burr walnut has been used for centuries for especially fine pieces of furniture such as this antique bureau.
This antique bureau is in excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops. Please take a few minutes to look at the photographs to see this for yourself.
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Dimensions in cm:
Height 100 x Width 96 x Depth 57
Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 feet, 3 inches x Width 3 feet, 2 inches x Depth 1 foot, 10 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: 08896
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