I noticed a nice quality George II faded mahogany bureau coming up in Sotheby’s Important English and European Decorative Arts sale in New York on the 24th of April, 2013.
The bureau appears to have been well cared for and to be in good, untouched condition.
Lot 101, a George II mahogany bureau, circa 1750. (Sotheby’s)
Unbelievably, two of the bails are on back-to-front (click and enlarge the main picture to see for yourself)!
It’s unusual for such an obvious faux pas to escape the notice of a prestigious auction house like Sotheby’s.