Vintage Georgian Bureau

This delightful Georgian writing Bureau (circa early 1800's) is a delightful piece of furniture and has been a real joy for our team to restore.

Whilst it is not in 'mint' condition and displays a few bumps and knocks, it is doing very well for something that is 200 years old.

The top flap unfolds onto two support struts, which need to be manually pulled out, to reveal a spacious work area with plenty of handy storage. There is a small cupboard which can be locked with the key provided and some small drawers and cubby holes for stationery and paperwork. There is an ink stain on the inside of the flap and a few marks indicating how well it has been used in the past, but is still a great place for a laptop enabling you to juxtapose modern technology with antique furniture.

Underneath the work area are four graduated drawers with dovetail jointing, giving you plenty of additional storage. There is a key which operates the main flap and the bottom two drawers, but the locks on the top two drawers do not work. The flap is slightly bowed so you need to push gently against it when unlocking and locking it, however it rests in a closed position quite happily when not locked.

This piece is full of character and charm and its imperfections are all part of its testimony and the longevity of its service. The base of the drawers have been strengthened with a tongue and groove strip to provide more solidity, the back feet have been replaced and the front feet have been strengthened as this is often a fragile area on a piece of this age. The style of these bracketed feet, however, is very much a feature of this period.

If you have a look at the photo that is fourth from the end you can see where we have had to carry out some small repairs along the bottom of the right hand side. 

Overall it is a piece which is imperfect in the most beautiful way. It still has bags of style and character and is a great example of what furniture restoration is all about. 


Measurements (cm):

Width Depth Height
95 54 110
Product SKU: SQF002
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Our regular courier prices are as follows (inc. VAT):

Shipping Band Cost
Band 1 Free
Band 2 £54
Band 3 £66
Band 4 £78
Band 5 £90
Band 6 £30
Band 0 Please call

  • Where multiple items are delivered together, the largest item will be charged at full price with any further items charged at half of the listed delivery cost for that item. For example, delivery of a band 3 item and a band 2 item would cost £93: £66 (for the band 3 item) + £27 for the band 2 item. (This excludes Band 1 items which will be charged at full rate).
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