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Antique Bureau

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. 

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18th Century German Double Dome Walnut Bureau Cabinet from Lee Wright Antiques Ltd

18th Century German double dome walnut bureau cabinet with serpentine base, figured walnut panels and original metal work.
18th Century German Double Dome Walnut Bureau Cabinet from Lee Wright Antiques Ltd

£5,400

$6,681 €6,144

Oak Bureau c.1780 from Oakfield Gallery

This is a small late 18th century oak bureau. The bureau stands on its original bracket feet and is fitted with three long drawers. The fall opens to reveal the ...
Oak Bureau c.1780 from Oakfield Gallery

Reserved

Antique Painted Ladies Writing Bureau from Town House Traders Ltd

Offered for sale is this antique painted ladies writing desk/bureaux with painted decoration. Lovely small size. Original white painted finish with the fall flap and single draw, painted floral decoration ...
Antique Painted Ladies Writing Bureau from Town House Traders Ltd

£225

$278 €256

18th Century French Walnut Bureau with Original Metalwork from Lee Wright Antiques Ltd

18th Century French walnut bureau retaining its original handles and metalwork, which is very rare to find. Such a great example of wonderful colour and patina made this piece irresistible ...
18th Century French Walnut Bureau with Original Metalwork from Lee Wright Antiques Ltd

£1,850

$2,289 €2,105

Early 18th Century Queen Anne Walnut Bureau from Lee Wright Antiques Ltd

Nice, small proportioned early 18th Century Queen Anne walnut bureau with lovely interior.
Early 18th Century Queen Anne Walnut Bureau from Lee Wright Antiques Ltd

£2,400

$2,969 €2,731

Antique Georgian George III Mahogany Fall Front Bureau from The Penderyn Furniture Co

A wonderful antique George III mahogany fall front writing bureau with a fully fitted interior including some ‘secret’ compartments, set above two short over three long graduating drawers with reeded ...
Antique Georgian George III Mahogany Fall Front Bureau from The Penderyn Furniture Co

£795

$984 €905

Outstanding Quality Victorian Burr Walnut Bureau from Graver Antiques and Interiors

Outstanding quality 19th Century Victorian antique burr walnut bureau desk, the superstructure with three drawers above a shaped fall enclosing a rosewood interior with three long drawers and a leather ...
Outstanding Quality Victorian Burr Walnut Bureau from Graver Antiques and Interiors

£4,850

$6,000 €5,519

Golden Oak Bureau Bookcase. Arts & Crafts Movement c.1880 from Middleton's Antiques

This is a really handsome and very good quality Arts and Crafts Movement Bureau Bookcase. It is made in golden oak and dates to about 1880. The influences of an earlier ...
Golden Oak Bureau Bookcase. Arts & Crafts Movement c.1880 from Middleton's Antiques

18th Century Rosewood Bureau from LT Antiques

A handsome bureau in great condition, beautifully cross-banded with satinwood to give this really striking appearance. Good quality craftsmanship is diplayed throughout, using beautiful rosewood with a great colour and grain. The ...
18th Century Rosewood Bureau from LT Antiques

£1,250

$1,546 €1,422

Superb Queen Anne Walnut Bureau c.1700 from Thakeham Furniture ltd

Superb Queen Anne walnut bureau, with wonderful original patina. Featherbanded fall and drawers, with crossgrain moulded muntings. The stepped interior with small drawers, pigeon holes and well. Two short and ...
Superb Queen Anne Walnut Bureau c.1700 from Thakeham Furniture ltd

£4,700

$5,815 €5,348

Antique Georgian Style Cylinder Bureau Cabinet from Kernow Furniture

Antique Georgian Style Cylinder Bureau Cabinet. Late 19th Century bureau, based on designs of about 1800 which owed much to the pattern books of Thomas Sheraton. Good quality, strung with ...
Antique Georgian Style Cylinder Bureau Cabinet from Kernow Furniture

£995

$1,231 €1,132

Walnut Bureau c.1920 from Worboys Antiques

Walnut bureau having a fall front opening to reveal a fitted interior with a leather scriber above three graduated drawers raised on cabriole legs. Please note that not all items are ...
Walnut Bureau c.1920 from Worboys Antiques

£545

$674 €620

Art Deco Oak Bureau with Bookcase Sides from Antique Furniture Direct

A very stylish Art Deco oak bureau with bookcase sides. It features a glazed cupboard below a fall front flanked by two open bookcase sides. The fall front drops down ...
Art Deco Oak Bureau with Bookcase Sides from Antique Furniture Direct

£450

$557 €512

George III Mahogany Bureau from Graver Antiques and Interiors

This is a George III antique mahogany bureau. The sloping fall open to reveal a fitted interior of short drawers, pigeon holes and a centre door with four long graduated ...
George III Mahogany Bureau from Graver Antiques and Interiors

£1,685

$2,085 €1,917

18th Century Oak Bureau with Original Brass Handles from Graver Antiques and Interiors

This is an 18th Century oak bureau with original brass handles, having 2 short and 3 long drawers. The oak fall opens to reveal a unusual original fitted interior with ...
18th Century Oak Bureau with Original Brass Handles from Graver Antiques and Interiors

£1,785

$2,208 €2,031

George III Inlaid Mahogany Bureau Bookcase from Georgian Antiques

Circa 1790, George III inlaid mahogany bureau bookcase. Surmounted by a moulded and dentil cornice over an inlaid frieze. Two astragal glazed doors open to adjustable book shelves with moulded ...
George III Inlaid Mahogany Bureau Bookcase from Georgian Antiques

£2,750

$3,402 €3,129

Inlaid Mahogany Tambour Bureau by Druce and Co. from Camden Antiques

A fine quality, late Victorian period inlaid mahogany tambour topped bureau by the renowned cabinet makers Druce and Co. of London. Of excellent construction in solid mahogany with attractive fiddle-back ...
Inlaid Mahogany Tambour Bureau by Druce and Co. from Camden Antiques

£1,895

$2,344 €2,156

Stunning Edwardian Inlaid Mahogany Antique Cylinder Bookcase from Driscolls Antiques Ltd

Stunning Edwardian Inlaid Mahogany Antique Cylinder Bookcase This Late 19th Century Stunning Edwardian Inlaid Mahogany Antique Cylinder Bureau Bookcase dates from ca. 1900 and has a moulded cornice with fine inlays ...
Stunning Edwardian Inlaid Mahogany Antique Cylinder Bookcase from Driscolls Antiques Ltd

£1,450

$1,794 €1,650

An Edwardian Oak Secretaire Cupboard from Williams Antiques & Restoration

An Edwardian oak secretaire cupboard. Beneath the moulded top is the panelled secretaire drawer. Fitted with brass plate handles, with a working lock and key. Upon opening reveals a green ...
An Edwardian Oak Secretaire Cupboard from Williams Antiques & Restoration

£995

$1,231 €1,132

1940s Small Mahogany Bureau with 4 Drawers & Slides. Good Interior from Pughs Antiques

1940s Mahogany Bureau with 4 Drawers and Slides. Good Interior in good condition. It has 4 long drawers with slides that pull out to support the writing top. Numerous ...
1940s Small Mahogany Bureau with 4 Drawers & Slides. Good Interior from Pughs Antiques

£150

$186 €171

18th Century Oak Bureau from Holmes Antiques

A fine quality 18th Century English Oak Bureau of very good light warm colour with original handles, feet and fittings in superb overall original condition. The piece has been made ...
18th Century Oak Bureau from Holmes Antiques

£1,600

$1,979 €1,821

Large Victorian Mahogany Cylinder Desk from Camden Antiques

A superb quality 19th Century Victorian antique period mahogany cylinder desk of fine construction and of generous proportions. The cylinder (lockable with key supplied) rolls back to reveal a pull-out ...
Large Victorian Mahogany Cylinder Desk from Camden Antiques

£1,795

$2,221 €2,042

Red Chinoiserie Japanned Shaped Bureau c.1920 from LT Antiques

A very decorative design dating back to around 1920. This lovely bureau is a terracotta colour with hand painted oriental scenes and figures. There is a brass galleried top and ...
Red Chinoiserie Japanned Shaped Bureau c.1920 from LT Antiques

£1,150

$1,423 €1,309

Very Fine Italian Amboyna Bureau Bookcase c.1850 from Sussex Antiques and Interiors

A superb piece of 19th Century Furniture, made in Italy predominantly from Amboyna wood but also Ebony. The 2 urns on top are bronze as are the mounts. The 2 ...
Very Fine Italian Amboyna Bureau Bookcase c.1850 from Sussex Antiques and Interiors

£3,950

$4,887 €4,495

Wonderful Georgian Mahogany Bureau Bookcase from Philip Hunt Antiques

Wonderful 18th Century Georgian mahogany bureau bookcase standing on bracket feet with an arrangement of 2 short and 3 long drawers. Each drawer having front to back oak linings and ...
Wonderful Georgian Mahogany Bureau Bookcase from Philip Hunt Antiques

£4,500

$5,567 €5,120

Dutch Parquetry Bureau c.1900 from Fontaine Decorative

Dutch Parquetry Bureau. A button to each side when depressed releases the front cover which folds down to form part of the desk
Dutch Parquetry Bureau c.1900 from Fontaine Decorative

£1,850

$2,289 €2,105

Large Oak Bureau with Well Fitted Interior c.1850 from Pughs Antiques

Offered for sale is this large oak bureau with well fitted Interior in good condition. 4 large drawers. Slides and fall front. Red leather writing surface.
Large Oak Bureau with Well Fitted Interior c.1850 from Pughs Antiques

£325

$402 €370

Arts and Crafts Decorative Bureau from Gorseway Antiques

We have for sale a very beautiful and very sort after Arts and crafts Bureau supplied by Mathew Rose Hackney London. The bureau consists of a upper book or ornament ...
Arts and Crafts Decorative Bureau from Gorseway Antiques

£499

$617 €568

Antique Swedish Satin Birch Secretaire Bureau c.1850 from Marylebone Antiques

Antique Swedish Biedermeier satin birch secretaire with a stunning interior & full of character. I would date this piece to around the 1850’s period & it’s in good original condition, ...
Antique Swedish Satin Birch Secretaire Bureau c.1850 from Marylebone Antiques

£2,500

$3,093 €2,845

Linenfold Oak Bureau C.1920 from Planet Antiques

Linenfold Oak Bureau Very attractive and stylish oak bureau in very good condition given its age, compact size allows this to fit into any interior. We see this piece sat in ...
Linenfold Oak Bureau C.1920 from Planet Antiques

£225

$278 €256

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.