This beautiful walnut bureau has 3 external and 2 smaller internal drawers. It is set on Queen Anne-style legs with ball and claw feet. The handles are brass as are the hinges.
This piece was certainly a labour of love as preparation was lengthy to ensure a long-lasting finish.
The bureau had all hardware removed and then it was taken apart. It was thoroughly cleaned before sanding began. This is to remove any silicone, wax, oil, and dirt that has built up so that it isn't pushed further into the grain. Once cleaned it was then sanded, followed by another clean to remove dust. Then and only then did the painting begin.
The external areas were painted with Little Green Shift, a grey with green undertones. The internal parts were painted in a vibrant orange called Firelight from the Paint Couture range. The writing pad area was damaged so that was replaced with a printed velvet fabric in a deep jungle print in striking oranges and greens which complements the paint colour really well. The same fabric was used for the smaller pigeon hole drawers. The writing pad was then trimmed with gold rope edging.
Gold was used to highlight the edges of each pigeon hole and the same for the ball and claw feet. All the hardware was cleaned polished and refitted.
It really is a show stopper, demure and understated on the outside but when opened, the striking colours are revealed.
This could be used as it was intended as a desk (with care, to protect the fabric and edging rope). Equally, it could be used for storage in a hall or it would look fantastic in a bedroom as a dressing table due to the amount of storage for makeup or jewellery.
This is a genuine vintage piece of furniture and has had a previous life and a story to tell. Therefore it may have minor imperfections relative to its age and wear and tear over the years. This will not affect its function or detract from its beauty.
D 43 cm