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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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Queen Anne Oak Bureau from Walton House Antiques Ltd

A superb example of a very early 18th century Queen Anne Oak Bureau in two parts. Dimensions Height 44.5' 113cm Width 33' 84cm Depth 18' 46cm All of ...
Queen Anne Oak Bureau from Walton House Antiques Ltd

£2,795

$3,506 €3,092

Super Queen Anne Walnut Bureau c.1920 from Fernyhough Antiques

A very nice Queen Anne style burr walnut step down bureau with brass handles, shaped undertier, oak lined drawers. Made by Worcester furniture.maker G.T. Rackstraw. Excellent colour and condition. You ...
Super Queen Anne Walnut Bureau c.1920 from Fernyhough Antiques

£895

$1,123 €990

Attractive Queen Anne Style Burr Walnut Bureau from London City Antiques

Attractive Queen Anne style burr walnut bureau. The top, fall and drawer all having a delightful herringbone inlay on fine burr walnut. The fall opens to reveal four drawers ...
Attractive Queen Anne Style Burr Walnut Bureau from London City Antiques

£1,095

$1,374 €1,211

Superb Queen Anne Walnut Bureau c.1920 from Fernyhough Antiques

A very good Queen Anne style burr walnut step down bureau with walnut feather banded inlay, brass handles, very fine oak drawer linings, and a wonderful stepped interior. ...
Superb Queen Anne Walnut Bureau c.1920 from Fernyhough Antiques

£895

$1,123 €990

Edwardian Mahogany Bureau from Worboys Antiques

Edwardian mahogany bureau having a fall front opening to reveal a fitted interior above four oak lined graduated drawers, raised on bracket feet Please note that not all items are ...
Edwardian Mahogany Bureau from Worboys Antiques

£440

$552 €487

Small 18th Century Mahogany Bureau from Millers Antiques

A neat sized 18th Century antique mahogany bureau 80cm wide. The Georgian bureau with fitted interior, various drawers and compartments.
Small 18th Century Mahogany Bureau from Millers Antiques

£1,400

$1,756 €1,549

Victorian Figured Mahogany Roll Top Bureau Bookcase from Camden Antiques

This very handsome and superb quality Victorian figured mahogany cylinder roll top bookcase supported on a pedestal base. Made from the finest grade of solid mahogany and stunning figured mahogany ...
Victorian Figured Mahogany Roll Top Bureau Bookcase from Camden Antiques

£2,495

$3,130 €2,760

Slim Students Bureau Bookcase c.1930 from Planet Antiques

Superb vintage bureau bookcase, great looking item and a good space saving piece for the smaller home. Dates to around 1930/35 with two open bookcase sections over a fall-front bureau, ...
Slim Students Bureau Bookcase c.1930 from Planet Antiques

£199

$250 €220

Rare 18th Century Dutch Bombe Fronted Bureau from Windsor House Antiques

A fine and rare 18th century Dutch, Bombe fronted bureau. On original bracket feet. With a quite exceptional fitted serpentine interior. A cupboard to the central section with two ...
Rare 18th Century Dutch Bombe Fronted Bureau from Windsor House Antiques

£2,400

$3,011 €2,655

Early 18th Century Oak Bureau from Holmes Antiques

A wonderful early 18th Century antique oak bureau of superb golden colour in impressive original condition with original handles, escutcheons, knobs to the interior and bracket feet. The linings are ...
Early 18th Century Oak Bureau from Holmes Antiques

£2,200

$2,760 €2,434

Bureau c.1890 from Carradale Farm Antiques Ltd

A German walnut bureau the fall is inlaid depicting leaves and a bird, it has a brass gallery and is decorated with ormolu mounts and borders
Bureau c.1890 from Carradale Farm Antiques Ltd

£1,150

$1,443 €1,272

Antique Glazed Book Cabinet Display Cabinet with Adjustable Shelves & Key from Vintage House

This is a handsome Gustavian pine secretaire chest which dates to the mid 1800s. Made of pitch pine it is heavy and solid but has the benefit of splitting into two ...
Antique Glazed Book Cabinet Display Cabinet with Adjustable Shelves & Key from Vintage House

£895

$1,123 €990

Mahogany Bureau with Line Inlay Good Interior c.1850 from Pughs Antiques

19th Century antique mahogany bureau with line inlay and good interior in good condition. 3 large drawers with 2 smaller above. Slides and fall front. Size 45' Width (114cm) x 21'Depth ...
Mahogany Bureau with Line Inlay Good Interior c.1850 from Pughs Antiques

£325

$408 €360

Edwardian Mahogany Writing Bureau from Kernow Furniture

Edwardian Mahogany Writing Bureau. Early 20th Century mahogany writing bureau, pierced brass gallery with fall front and fitted interior over four long drawers. Dimensions: 91cm wide x 43cm deep x 75cm ...
Edwardian Mahogany Writing Bureau from Kernow Furniture

£265

$332 €293

Mahogany Bureau c.1900 from Carradale Farm Antiques Ltd

A inlaid mahogany cylinder bureau with 2 drawers over the pull down writing slope which conceals the inset leather and 3 small drawers under that is 1 long drawer and ...
Mahogany Bureau c.1900 from Carradale Farm Antiques Ltd

£550

$690 €608

Georgian George Ill Bureau from Planet Antiques

Superb George III bureau in great condition given its age, fall front top with ample internal drawers for all your bits and pieces. Four large drawers totally compliment this piece ...
Georgian George Ill Bureau from Planet Antiques

£549

$689 €607

Georgian Mahogany Bureau from C.S.Moreton (Antiques)

Attractive Georgian mahogany country made writing bureau raised on square tapered legs and having a fully fitted satinwood interior. Single oak lined drawer below. Back finished in mahogany. All ...
Georgian Mahogany Bureau from C.S.Moreton (Antiques)

£345

$433 €382

1940s Mahogany Astragal Glazed Bureaux Bookcase from Pughs Antiques

1940s Mahogany Astragal Glazed Bureaux Bookcase in good condition. A glazed top section for display with 3 shelves. 5 Drawers at base with a fall front and good interior. Comes ...
1940s Mahogany Astragal Glazed Bureaux Bookcase from Pughs Antiques

£450

$565 €498

Small Early 19th Century Mahogany Bureau from The Penderyn Furniture Co

A well-presented early 19th century Georgian mahogany writing bureau with an arrangement of two short over three long drawers. The fall front reveals a fitted interior of five small drawers ...
Small Early 19th Century Mahogany Bureau from The Penderyn Furniture Co

£695

$872 €769

Lovely George III Oak Bureau from Hogarths Gallery

Lovely George III oak bureau of lovely dimensions. The bureau with a fall front opening to reveal a fully fitted interior with a fitted well and secret drawer. Below are ...
Lovely George III Oak Bureau from Hogarths Gallery

£495

$621 €548

Burr Walnut Writing Bureau c.1930 from Marylebone Antiques

Small 'Queen Anne style' burr walnut bureau in lovely condition with a nice warm colour & dating from around the 1930’s period. It has a pull down flap which rests ...
Burr Walnut Writing Bureau c.1930 from Marylebone Antiques

£475

$596 €526

Queen Anne Walnut Bureau Bookcase c.1710 from Walton House Antiques Ltd

A Queen Anne period, finely figured walnut and feather banded bureau bookcase of outstanding colour. The later bevelled mirrors above candle slides, the fall opening to reveal a shaped interior ...
Queen Anne Walnut Bureau Bookcase c.1710 from Walton House Antiques Ltd

£7,750

$9,722 €8,574

Antique Flame Mahogany Cylinder Top Bureau from Marylebone Antiques

This antique mahogany cylinder top bureau is a spectacular piece of furniture & is in excellent condition. I believe it’s French & dates from around the 1840’s period. Please enlarge ...
Antique Flame Mahogany Cylinder Top Bureau from Marylebone Antiques

£1,500

$1,882 €1,659

Walnut Bureau c.1930 from Monarch Antiques

Offered for sale is this walnut bureau with Queen Anne legs.
Walnut Bureau c.1930 from Monarch Antiques

£290

$364 €321

Small Antique Edwardian Inlaid Bureau from Graver Antiques and Interiors

This is a small Edwardian antique inlaid bureau which has a fall down front with shell inlay and satinwood crossbanding. It has a fitted interior, four long drawers crossbanded in ...
Small Antique Edwardian Inlaid Bureau from Graver Antiques and Interiors

£785

$985 €868

Oak Bureau Bookcase c.1880 from D H Antique Furniture

A solid 19th Century antique oak bureau bookcase Lead glass doors with 3 adjustable shelves Base has 3 oak lined drawers Fitted interior
Oak Bureau Bookcase c.1880 from D H Antique Furniture

£495

$621 €548

19th Century Dutch Marquetry Bombe Bureau from Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

A 19th Century Dutch marquetry bombe bureau. Carved claw feet, fantastic undulating bombe shaped to base with two small drawers over two long. Side columns opening to reveal secret compartments ...
19th Century Dutch Marquetry Bombe Bureau from Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

£4,125

$5,175 €4,564

1940s Quality Small Mahogany Bureau from Pughs Antiques

1940s quality small mahogany bureau in good condition. 2 large drawers with 2 smaller above. Slides and fall front.
1940s Quality Small Mahogany Bureau from Pughs Antiques

£325

$408 €360

Small 19th Century Marquetry Cylinder Bureau Desk from Prior & Willis Antiques

Antique quality small 19th Century marquetry cylinder bureau desk. This is a rare breathtaking decorative piece of furniture, that is full of age, charm and character. Fantastic marquetry veneers. No ...
Small 19th Century Marquetry Cylinder Bureau Desk from Prior & Willis Antiques

£2,995

$3,757 €3,313

Georgian Mahogany Bureau from Philip Hunt Antiques

Georgian mahogany bureau raised upon bracket feet, having an arrangement of 2 over 2 oak lined drawers. The drawers being of a well figured timber with plate handles that feature ...
Georgian Mahogany Bureau from Philip Hunt Antiques

£1,050

$1,317 €1,162

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.