A GEORGE I BLACK JAPANNED BUREAU, CIRCA 1720
the fall opening to reveal an interior with small drawers and pigeonholes and a well with sliding cover enclosing concealed compartments, on ebonised legs
100cm. high, 118cm. wide, 63.5cm. deep; 3ft. 3½in., by 3ft. 11in., 2ft. 1in.
Very much in 'Country House' condition with signs of wear and estate repairs. One rear leg replaced with ebonised oak copy. Some fading to japanned surface. Losses and wear. Rubbing to detail and exposed timber. Legs slightly loose. Evidence of old worm. Atmospheric but with areas of old repair and later decoration.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Inventory, 1949, 'A black and gold lacquer Bureau, mounted on round legs with pad feet, 3’6” wide' in the South Bedroom
For a related red and gilt-japanned bureau cabinet on a similar stand, see that sold Sotheby's London, Important English Furniture, 30 November 2001, lot 49.