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Picture This CXXIII

An old friend in Bury St Edmunds was interested in purchasing this bureau (figure 1) which came up for auction (twice in the past two weeks), in nearby Colchester in Essex. I wasn’t able to reply to him before the … Continue reading

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Picture This CXVIII

A London dealer recently attributed this bureau (unusually, veneered in burr elm) as George I, circa 1715 and also stated the brasses are original. George II elm bureau, circa 1750-5. The drawer cockbeading places the bureau after 1720 at the … Continue reading

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Picture This XCVIII

Another item of interest in Bonham’s The Oak Interior sale in New Bond Street, London on the 28th of September 2016 is lot 198, an early eighteenth-century signed and dated oak bureau (figs. 1 & 2). Fig. 1. Lot 198, … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXXIX Redux

The chevron bureau featured in Picture This LXXXIX sold with a hammer price of £750 ($1,465) against a pre-auction estimate of £800 – £1,500 ($1,570 – $2,950). Lot 357, a George III (II?) chevron bureau. (Sworders) Jack Plane

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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). Fig. 1. Lot 357, a George III (II?) … Continue reading

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Picture this LIV

In the earlier post, Picture This XXXV, I illustrated a mid-eighteenth-century mahogany bureau whose top drawer partially concealed the loper pockets. An earlier bureau (fig. 1) with not dissimilar extended drawer fronts sold at Christie’s The Connoisseur’s Eye sale yesterday, … Continue reading

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Picture This XLV Redux

How wrong can one be? Following my (in my defence, not unreasonable – I thought) hypothesis regarding the function of the lopers in Elizabeth Carter’s bureau bookcase in Picture This XLV, I have received a communication from Celine Luppo McDaid, … Continue reading

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Picture This XXXV

Lopers are employed in bachelor’s chests etc. to support their fold-out leaves and in bureaux to support their falls. I covered the installation of lopers in A George II ash bureau – Part VII. As I mentioned during the construction … Continue reading

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A George II Ash Bureau – Part Eight

The last report on this bureau was on the 4th of October 2013. In the interim Virginia and I have moved lock, stock and barrel to the country where I have temporarily set up shop in, what was formerly the … Continue reading

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A George II Ash Bureau – Part Six

In relation to A George II Ash Bureau – Part Five, a reader asked, “I don’t understand the mitre/cleat situation.  I don’t see a mitre anywhere in the pictures. Is this an english-to-english translation error?” Some falls had two cleats which … Continue reading

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