Picture This LXXXIX

Coming under the hammer at Sworders tomorrow, the 7th of June 2016, is this bureau, unusually veneered overall in a chevron pattern. The pre-auction estimate is £800 – £1,500 ($1,570 – $2,950).

Geo_II_chevron_bureau_01aFig. 1. Lot 357, a George II chevron bureau, circa 1745. (Sworders)

Sworders don’t mention what the timber species is and unfortunately I can’t determine what it is from their image. If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say it’s laburnum: The colours are comparable and laburnum veneer was occasionally employed in geometric arrays on card- and tea tables during the first half of the eighteenth-century (figure 2).

Geo_I_laburnum_card_table_1725_01aFig. 2. George I laburnum card table, circa 1725. (Bonhams)

Jack Plane


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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6 Responses to Picture This LXXXIX

  1. Joe M says:

    Also an unusual choice of handles/backplates? Key hole in each, with only the center having the lock or drilled key hole.


  2. Paul Murphy says:

    Do you have the scientific name for laburnum?


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