With it's curvy top and it's demure porcelain drawer pulls, this miniature bureau has personality plus! It dates from 1900 - 1910.
It is made of walnut and has very unusual detailing to the sides and top panels. The top features two incise-carved bird outlines with fanciful scrolls at their feet, beaks and atop their bodies. The mirror section has a hand carved wavy pattern to the inside long side panels. Each bottom side panel of the bureau has a deep hand-carved relief design which is very geometrical. There are three little drawers, with the lovely porcelain drawer pulls. The bureau has been stained with a rich dark umber color (appearing as dark chocolate), which was popular during it's time period. The mirror (not original) fits nicely inside the wooden frame, with no cracks or chips (the mirror shape on the bottom corners has been cut with a curve....please note this in the photos).
The bureau is heavy and solid. There are no structural problems, it stands straight and firm. The measurements are: bureau base 12" tall, 9" deep and 13" wide. The drawers measure 9" wide, 8 1/4" deep and 2 1/8" tall. The top of the bureau measures 13 1/2" across, and 13 1/2" tall (at tallest point). The mirror section measures 9" x 6". From the table to the bottom base measures 2 7/8".
We fell in love with this handsome miniature piece for it's charming personality, unusual detailing and versatility. It would make a wonderful jewelry cabinet, office accessory, doll accessory or display piece for small collectables
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