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 LoveAntiques, you can find your perfect vintage bureau whether you’re looking for something ornate such as Queen Anne style or a 20th century piece.
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 with different features, such as built-in bookcases or hidden compartments.
If you’re trying to source the perfect antique writing bureau, then LoveAntiques 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 Desk
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 a Vintage Bureau Desk 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 compliment 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
LoveAntiques 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 LoveAntiques. We have some truly beautiful pieces that have stood the test of time and can add an elegant touch to your home.