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).
Fig. 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).