This unusual bureau à cylindre,
with its leather fronted drawers and copper-lacquered-brass mounts,
is conceived in the Louis XVI style popularised by ébénistes
such as David Roentgen (1743-1807) and Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806).
Distinctly English in its construction, three locks are stamped E. Gascoigne
. Elizabeth Gascoigne, a specialist metalsmith working in London from the mid-18th century, produced locks, mechanism and other hardware for furniture made by the leading cabinet-makers of the day, including Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779), William Vile (c. 1700-1767) and Mayhew and Ince (fl. 1759-1803). Examples of her work can be found on a mahogany commode supplied by Thomas Chippendale to Sir Rowland Winn, 5th Bt. (1739-85) in circa 1767 incorporates Gascoigne locks (see Christie’s London, Thomas Chippendale, 300 Years
, 5 July 2018, lot 10), as well as a jewel-cabinet supplied to Queen Charlotte in 1762 by William Vile and several locks and hinges supplied to Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire by Mayhew & Ince between 1776-1787.
 Wood, L., Catalogue of Commodes, Liverpool, 1994, p. 184.