C1710 Queen Anne Bureau

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A fine Queen Anne, early 18th century walnut bureau which may be an English country piece or, more likely a Dutch example. The style is one we would associate with C.1710 England, the bureau's construction suggests a country or Dutch origin. Some genuine period oak pieces have been later veneered in walnut, and many have been cobbled together from old damaged walnut pieces more than a century ago, so close inspection of any 18th century walnut is advisable. Here the drawers, inclusive of fronts, are oak, and the carcass is pine. The top has been re-veneered, probably about 100 years ago. The bureau has also been repolished within the last few decades. The cartonnier section features a cupboard, four drawers and a well. A rare and desirable early 18th century bureau nevertheless, at a very attractive 76 cm wide. Traditionally, bureaux are like supermodels, the thinner the better!

With the vigorous exchange of styles and techniques between the Holland and England after the arrival of the court of the Dutch William and Mary English furniture during the reign of William and Mary, Queen Anne and even George I, tends to be very strongly Dutch influenced. Most notably, the arrival of the Dutch courtiers and their supporters brought the cabriole leg, itself an import to Holland from China, and the popularity of veneering, mostly in walnut or ebony. It is often unclear if furniture C1700 is Dutch or English, and hence the description Anglo-Dutch is employed.

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