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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Queen Anne Period ‘Mulberry’ Bureau of Rare Small Size With A Serpentine Interior"
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Although often known as ‘mulberry’, the veneers are probably burr maple, sycamore or alder. The striking yellow and black effect was achieved by Georgian cabinet-makers using aqua fortis (an acidic wash), with ‘lampblack’ (soot) then rubbed into the grain.
Mulberry pieces, often in the form of bureaux bookcases, are frequently associated with the leading makers Coxed and Woster and are generally much larger than this. We are aware of only two other examples over the last twenty years of this small size.
The bureau is burr-veneered on the fall and the top, the drawer fronts and the sides being book-matched to dramatic effect, with a broad feather-banding throughout surrounded by stringing of holly. The drawers and the fall are surrounded by a moulding in double-bead form.
The five interior drawers are in serpentine form, with one drawer fitted with writing implements, two secret drawers and a well which is concealed by a sliding cover. The writing surface has been re-lined with gorgeous antique blue-black silk velvet.
The drawers are of oak as are the backboards, which are original. The lock and hinges to the fall are also original, as are all other than one of the drawer locks, which have been serviced and are supplied with keys in period form. The feet, handles and escutcheons are later but have been carefully selected to be appropriate for the period.
Height: 37 in (96 cm)
Width: 31 in (80 cm)
Depth: 19 in (48 cm)
Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks
123 Kensington Church Street
Saturday by appointment