Build Time: varies between 8 and 12 months.
Dimensions: 92 inches tall, 42 inches wide, 21 inches deep
This lavish bureau cabinet was reproduced from photographs of the 1710-original. From selecting and matching the highly-figured English walnut veneers, to hand-carving the graceful bonnet top, every effort was made to authentically replicate this rare masterwork.
Desks like this were symbols of wealth and literacy for the 18th century elite. Frequently, the door panels were finished with mirrored glass, to reflect candlelight and provide a better environment for writing and reading. However, in the 19th century, when the need for candlelight became obsolete many of the glass panels were replaced with wood.
The exterior is completely veneered with sawn English walnut, over a soft-wood carcase. Every panel face is bordered with carved cross-banding and delicately inlaid feather-banding. The brass escutcheon plates are cast from original 18th century English molds.
Both the upper and lower portions of the cabinet are fitted with serpentine interiors, which are divided into pigeon-holes, drawers, several secret compartments and a document well.
The cabinet is finished with over 15 coats of hand-rubbed shellac.