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Vintage & Antique Bureau Desks & Furniture for Sale

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An antique bureau can be the perfect piece to bring a room together and can be a practical alternative to a desk or simply a conversation piece. At Love Antiques, you can find your perfect vintage bureau whether you’re looking for something ornate such as Queen Anne style or a 20th century piece.

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Georgian Mahogany Bureau

Millers Antiques

Georgian Mahogany Bureau

£ 275

€321
$346
Georgian Mahogany Bureau

Georgian Mahogany Bureau

£ 275

€321
$346

Millers Antiques

Small Black Painted Bureau Desk

£ 275

€321
$346
Small Black Painted Bureau Desk

Small Black Painted Bureau Desk

£ 275

€321
$346

Vintage House

Queen Anne Walnut Bureau

Joseph Riley Furniture

Queen Anne Walnut Bureau

£ 675

€789
$849
Queen Anne Walnut Bureau

Queen Anne Walnut Bureau

£ 675

€789
$849

Joseph Riley Furniture

George II Style Walnut Bureau on Stand

£ 950

€1,110
$1,195
George II Style Walnut Bureau on Stand

George II Style Walnut Bureau on Stand

£ 950

€1110
$1195

Georgian Antiques

Victorian Inlaid Mahogany Bureau

Antique Furniture Direct

Victorian Inlaid Mahogany Bureau

£ 495

€578
$623
Victorian Inlaid Mahogany Bureau

Victorian Inlaid Mahogany Bureau

£ 495

€578
$623

Antique Furniture Direct

18th Century Walnut Bureau

Martlesham Antiques

18th Century Walnut Bureau

£ 1,550

€1,811
$1,950
18th Century Walnut Bureau

18th Century Walnut Bureau

£ 1,550

€1811
$1950

Martlesham Antiques

Inlaid Satinwood Writing Desk with Folding Leaf

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

Inlaid Satinwood Writing Desk with Folding Leaf

£ 820

€958
$1,031
Inlaid Satinwood Writing Desk with Folding Leaf

Inlaid Satinwood Writing Desk with Folding Leaf

£ 820

€958
$1031

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

A Mid 20thc Japanese Black Lacquer Bureau

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

A Mid 20thc Japanese Black Lacquer Bureau

£ 745

€870
$937
A Mid 20thc Japanese Black Lacquer Bureau

A Mid 20thc Japanese Black Lacquer Bureau

£ 745

€870
$937

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

Fine William And Mary Seaweed Marquetry Bureau

£ 68,000

€79,435
$85,535
Fine William And Mary Seaweed Marquetry Bureau

Fine William And Mary Seaweed Marquetry Bureau

£ 68,000

€79435
$85535

Andreas de Jong Ltd

Georgian Style Burr Walnut Bureau

Joseph Riley Furniture

Georgian Style Burr Walnut Bureau

£ 475

€555
$597
Georgian Style Burr Walnut Bureau

Georgian Style Burr Walnut Bureau

£ 475

€555
$597

Joseph Riley Furniture

Superb Quality Large Antique George III Mahogany Bureau

£ 2,750

€3,212
$3,459
Superb Quality Large Antique George III Mahogany Bureau

Superb Quality Large Antique George III Mahogany Bureau

£ 2,750

€3212
$3459

London City Antiques

Oak Bureau / Writing Desk Carved 1730

£ 885

€1,034
$1,113
Oak Bureau / Writing Desk Carved 1730

Oak Bureau / Writing Desk Carved 1730

£ 885

€1034
$1113

Trade Antiques

Late 18th Century Bureau

Millers Antiques

Late 18th Century Bureau

£ 495

€578
$623
Late 18th Century Bureau

Late 18th Century Bureau

£ 495

€578
$623

Millers Antiques

18th Century Queen Anne Oak Bureau

Walton House Antiques Ltd

18th Century Queen Anne Oak Bureau

£ 1,950

€2,278
$2,453
18th Century Queen Anne Oak Bureau

18th Century Queen Anne Oak Bureau

£ 1,950

€2278
$2453

Walton House Antiques Ltd

Late 18th Century George III Mahogany Bureau Bookcase

£ 585

€683
$736
Late 18th Century George III Mahogany Bureau Bookcase

Late 18th Century George III Mahogany Bureau Bookcase

£ 585

€683
$736

Harry Raine Antiques

Queen Anne Style Burr Walnut Bureau Bookcase

£ 1,450

€1,694
$1,824
Queen Anne Style Burr Walnut Bureau Bookcase

Queen Anne Style Burr Walnut Bureau Bookcase

£ 1,450

€1694
$1824

Harry Raine Antiques

George II Walnut Veneered Bureau

£ 2,350

€2,745
$2,956
George II Walnut Veneered Bureau

George II Walnut Veneered Bureau

£ 2,350

€2745
$2956

Hingstons Antiques

George III Oak Bureau

Worboys Antiques

George III Oak Bureau

£ 895

€1,045
$1,126
George III Oak Bureau

George III Oak Bureau

£ 895

€1045
$1126

Worboys Antiques

Quality Dutch Marquetry Inlaid Walnut Block Fronted Bureau

£ 6,900

€8,060
$8,679
Antique Georgian Mahogany Bureau

£ 795

€929
$1,000
Antique Georgian Mahogany Bureau

Antique Georgian Mahogany Bureau

£ 795

€929
$1000

Penderyn Antiques

Early 18th Century Burr Walnut Bureau

£ 2,900

€3,388
$3,648
Early 18th Century Burr Walnut Bureau

Early 18th Century Burr Walnut Bureau

£ 2,900

€3388
$3648

Holmes Antiques

French Black Lacquered Bureau de Dame

£ 1,800

€2,103
$2,264
French Black Lacquered Bureau de Dame

French Black Lacquered Bureau de Dame

£ 1,800

€2103
$2264

Stalham Antique Gallery

Fine Early 18th Century Walnut Bureau

£ 3,900

€4,556
$4,906
Fine Early 18th Century Walnut Bureau

Fine Early 18th Century Walnut Bureau

£ 3,900

€4556
$4906

Holmes Antiques

18th Century Queen Anne Walnut Bureau

Walton House Antiques Ltd

18th Century Queen Anne Walnut Bureau

£ 3,250

€3,797
$4,088
18th Century Queen Anne Walnut Bureau

18th Century Queen Anne Walnut Bureau

£ 3,250

€3797
$4088

Walton House Antiques Ltd

Stunning Antique Victorian French Quality Rosewood Brass Inlaid Bureau

£ 1,285

€1,501
$1,616
Stunning Antique Victorian French Quality Rosewood Brass Inlaid Bureau

Stunning Antique Victorian French Quality Rosewood Brass Inlaid Bureau

£ 1,285

€1501
$1616

Unique Antiques By Emma Jade

Large Mahogany Inlaid Bureau Bookcase

£ 895

€1,045
$1,126
Large Mahogany Inlaid Bureau Bookcase

Large Mahogany Inlaid Bureau Bookcase

£ 895

€1045
$1126

Fernyhough Antiques Ltd

Mid 18th Century Walnut Collectors Desk

£ 3,750

€4,381
$4,717
Mid 18th Century Walnut Collectors Desk

Mid 18th Century Walnut Collectors Desk

£ 3,750

€4381
$4717

Walton House Antiques Ltd

Antique French Large Hardwood Bureau Desk

£ 350

€409
$440
Antique French Large Hardwood Bureau Desk

Antique French Large Hardwood Bureau Desk

£ 350

€409
$440

Barnaby's of Battle

Arts & Crafts Oak Students Bureau

Paul Watson Antiques & Interiors Norfolk

Arts & Crafts Oak Students Bureau

£ 500

€584
$629
Arts & Crafts Oak Students Bureau

Arts & Crafts Oak Students Bureau

£ 500

€584
$629

Paul Watson Antiques & Interiors Norfolk

George II Walnut Bureau

Salisbury Antiques Centre

George II Walnut Bureau

£ 2,350

€2,745
$2,956
George II Walnut Bureau

George II Walnut Bureau

£ 2,350

€2745
$2956

Salisbury Antiques Centre

Walnut Queen Anne Revival Bureau Bookcase c.1920

Paul Watson Antiques & Interiors Norfolk

Walnut Queen Anne Revival Bureau Bookcase c.1920

£ 1,250

€1,460
$1,572
Walnut Queen Anne Revival Bureau Bookcase c.1920

Walnut Queen Anne Revival Bureau Bookcase c.1920

£ 1,250

€1460
$1572

Paul Watson Antiques & Interiors Norfolk

Outstanding Brass Inlaid Ladies Bureau Desk

£ 1,495

€1,746
$1,881
Outstanding Brass Inlaid Ladies Bureau Desk

Outstanding Brass Inlaid Ladies Bureau Desk

£ 1,495

€1746
$1881

Fernyhough Antiques Ltd

Arts & Crafts Quartered Oak Bookcase Bureau 1900-1910

£ 625

€730
$786
Arts & Crafts Quartered Oak Bookcase Bureau 1900-1910

Arts & Crafts Quartered Oak Bookcase Bureau 1900-1910

£ 625

€730
$786

Penrose Antiques Ltd

Black Japanned Chinoiserie Slim Bureau

£ 1,250

€1,460
$1,572
Black Japanned Chinoiserie Slim Bureau

Black Japanned Chinoiserie Slim Bureau

£ 1,250

€1460
$1572

LT Antiques

Outstanding Quality Antique George III Mahogany Bureau

£ 2,650

€3,096
$3,333
Outstanding Quality Antique George III Mahogany Bureau

Outstanding Quality Antique George III Mahogany Bureau

£ 2,650

€3096
$3333

London City Antiques

George II Walnut Bureau c.1735

Salisbury Antiques Centre

George II Walnut Bureau c.1735

£ 3,350

€3,913
$4,214
George II Walnut Bureau c.1735

George II Walnut Bureau c.1735

£ 3,350

€3913
$4214

Salisbury Antiques Centre

Wide Selection of Antique Bureau Furniture at Love Antiques

A bureau desk usually consists of a chest of drawers with a desk on top, which has a flap that can be closed. There are many different styles of antique bureau furniture with different features, such as built-in bookcases or hidden compartments. If you’re trying to source the perfect antique writing bureau, then Love Antiques should be your first stop. With verified and trustworthy dealers on our site, you enjoy a wide choice and can feel confident when placing your order.


How the Bureau Desk Became a Classic Piece

Bureau is French for ‘office’, and this classic piece of furniture hails back to the beginning of the 17th century. At first, bureau desks were fairly simple, and if you look at a vintage bureau from the Georgian years, it is likely to be a flat desk with drawers underneath for an elegant, practical look. Look at later pieces such as a 18th century oak bureau, and you may notice more features such as a foldout writing desk.


Things to Look for when you Buy an Antique Bureau Furniture

An antique bureau desk can be an extremely interesting piece to have in your home, as many of them have lots of interesting little design features that make them special. Look out for:

  • Pigeonholes – many types of writing bureau have small pigeonholes where you can keep documents or small items
  • Drawers – lift the lid of a bureau, and there are often small drawers, which are ideal for stationery and storage
  • A cylinder bureau – this type of antique writing bureau has a curved lid, and when it’s open you reveal a fitted interior with neat storage space inside
  • A built-in bookcase – some larger types of antique bureau desk have a built-in bookcase on top, often finished off with glass or ornate wooden doors
  • A bureau plat – which is a type of bureau that has space for your legs, so it’s more practical as a writing desk


Choose an Antique Bureau Desk Furniture Made from Natural Wood

One of the best things about opting for a vintage bureau desk over a modern piece is that you can choose one in beautiful, natural wood. Many types of wood that are used in antique furniture aren’t used for modern pieces, which may be why you’re looking for an antique bureau desk.

19th century mahogany looks amazing when used for a vintage bureau, with rich reddish-brown tones that complement any home décor. An antique mahogany bureau is ideal for those who like a classic vintage style in their home.

If you like the look of natural wood, consider a burr walnut bureau, as this kind of piece will show off the unique swirls of the wood. An oak bureau can also be a great choice for modern homes, and while you still get the vintage style, this lighter wood tends to fit in better in contemporary spaces.


Displaying an Antique Writing Bureau in your Home

Love Antiques can help you find the ideal antique writing desk for your home office. While you may use a laptop rather than a quill and ink, an antique bureau desk will add some vintage style to your home.

An antique writing bureau can also be an interesting piece for your living room, opening to reveal a storage space for small items. If you want to add something a little unique to your space, choose a writing bureau from one of our dealers to add antique style.

If you’ve been searching for the perfect antique bureau desk, look no further than Love Antiques. We have some truly beautiful pieces that have stood the test of time and can add an elegant touch to your home.


Vintage and Antique Bureau Furniture FAQs


What is a bureau?

A wooden bureau in the United Kingdom and in other parts of Europe refers to a writing desk with drawers. Wood used in an antique or vintage bureau desk is usually oak, mahogany, burr walnut and rosewood. If you visit our Love Antiques shop, you’d find fine examples of antique bureau furniture for sale. A lot of these tables have hinged flaps that when closed, would rest on a sloping angle and cover small drawers, tiered pigeonholes, and to some, a cupboard. The first version was a flat table with drawers under the top, and appeared in 17th century France. The kneehole type became popular under Louis XIV's reign and had a tier of drawers on both sides as well as a single drawer in the centre, right above the space for the knees.


Do bureaus need to have a desk for writing?

As bureaus refer to certain types of writing desks in the United Kingdom and they act as a compact office, they have to have a desk for writing with a bit of storage. Aside from a writing desk bureau, we also have the antique bureau bookcase, first seen in the early Georgian period and is meant for both writing and study, as it can hold all items you would need for work, such as books, papers and pens. Made of different types of wood like mahogany and walnut, it has bookshelves on top of the desk or cupboard and would have doors with mirror, panel blinds or clear glass panes. Walnut was commonly used for this furniture in the 18th century but in the later Georgian period, mahogany was favoured.


How much is an antique bureau worth?

An antique bureau desk in the United Kingdom could be sold for a price between £150 and £22,000, depending on the design, material, date or period it was created. Check out our types of bureau for sale on the Love Antiques site and should you find one you like, simply click on the item. The item’s page would provide more details like the width, height, colour, whether it was made from oak, walnut, or mahogany and whether it was created in the 18th century, much earlier or much later, as well as details on its style. If you have questions or need more information, our site also links you to the antiques dealer.


How do I get my vintage antique bureau desk valued?

To find out the current price of your antique or vintage bureau desk in the United Kingdom, a number of things to do to find out if your item is not just an ordinary old writing bureau include determining who the manufacturer was through a telltale mark on the item, the age, how rare or desirable your item, and the condition your item is in. While you can do an online research and visit one site and another to compare the different bureau desks for sale, it's still essential to search and contact appraisers. If you have local antiques dealers nearby, approaching them would be a good start. Whether it be the early 18th century, the Victorian or Georgian era, these experts can provide valuable information that can help you sell your item, including a more accurate time period your item was created.