CLASSICAL CARVED MAHOGANY BUREAU
In two sections; the figured back splash above a set of three glove drawers set back on a lower case of four drawers, the top drawer forming a projecting frieze above three drawers with brass drawer pulls flanked by pilasters with carved Ionic capitals above bold carved animal paw feet with foliate shrouds.
H: 50¼” W: 42½” D: 20”
Condition: Excellent: re-finished with shellac in the manner of the period. The drawer pulls are modern replacements.
Perhaps the form is too common or so few of distinction were made that the dressing bureau is barely to be found in the literature on American Classical furniture. No doubt, the scholars are right because one seldom finds American Classical bureaus worthy of putting in a book or in your home. But there are exceptions, and this bureau is one. It’s small scale, highly figured surface and boldly carved feet make this Classical carved mahogany bureau exceptionally desirable.
An earlier bureau in the Federal style can be found here.