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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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Late 18th Century Dutch Walnut Marquetry Bureau from Camden Antiques

A splendid Dutch walnut marquetry bureau c. 1790. Well constructed in solid walnut with attractive burr walnut veneers onto a solid oak carcas. Decorated throughout with profuse marquetry inlay in ...
Late 18th Century Dutch Walnut Marquetry Bureau from Camden Antiques

£4,750

$5,804 €5,315

George I Design Mahogany Bureau Bookcase from Joseph Riley Furniture

George I design mahogany bureau bookcase which comes in 2 pieces (top and bottom) for ease of transportation. The top had 2 glazed doors which when open reveal 2 removable / ...
George I Design Mahogany Bureau Bookcase from Joseph Riley Furniture

£375

$458 €420

18th Century Walnut Bureau on Stand from Robert Christie Antiques

Small 18th Century and later walnut bureau on stand. The flap opening to reveal a shaped interior with pigeon holes and drawers,over two further drawers to front, on a later ...
18th Century Walnut Bureau on Stand from Robert Christie Antiques

£775

$947 €867

Antique Bureau Bookcase Haberdashery Mahogany Writing Cabinet Bookshelves from Truman Porter

An impressive rare form 19th Century bureau bookcase. Constructed from thick cuts of solid mahogany boasting a rich patina. The fall flap enclosed writing surface and fitted interior and surrounded by a ...
Antique Bureau Bookcase Haberdashery Mahogany Writing Cabinet Bookshelves from Truman Porter

£320

$391 €358

Antique Oak Secretaire Bureau Bookcase Glazed Secretary Desk Art Deco Vintage from Truman Porter

An impressive early 20th Century oak secretaire desk. Constructed from oak boasting a well figured wild grain. The arched upper section with a pair of astragal glazed paneled doors enclosed storage. The fall ...
Antique Oak Secretaire Bureau Bookcase Glazed Secretary Desk Art Deco Vintage from Truman Porter

£295

$360 €330

Fine Quality Napoleon III Cylinder Bureau c.1860 from Antique & Modern Living

A fine quality Napoleon III cylinder bureau, in dense Cuban mahogany and extensively adorned with brass decoration. Raised on slim tapering legs above which is a single drawer, the cylinder ...
Fine Quality Napoleon III Cylinder Bureau c.1860 from Antique & Modern Living

£2,450

$2,994 €2,742

Antique Mahogany Writing Bureau c.1910 from Marylebone Antiques

Fine quality antique mahogany bureau in good original condition, which I would date to around the 1910 period. It has a gilt metal pierced gallery on the top, plus gilt ...
Antique Mahogany Writing Bureau c.1910 from Marylebone Antiques

£750

$916 €839

Fine George III Flame Mahogany Bureau from Youngs Antiques

A fine George III flame mahogany veneered bureau, the main flap open to reveal a fitted interior consisting of pigeon holes with six drawers below with a leather inset for ...
Fine George III Flame Mahogany Bureau from Youngs Antiques

£1,850

$2,260 €2,070

18th Century Red Walnut Bureau Bookcase from Christopher Bigden Antiques & Fine Art

The top having two vauxhall glass mirror plate doors and opening to a fitted interior with two adjustable shelves above fitted pigeon holes, below which are four small drawers and ...
18th Century Red Walnut Bureau Bookcase from Christopher Bigden Antiques & Fine Art

£3,650

$4,460 €4,084

Superb George III Marquetry Inlaid Mahogany Bureau Bookcase from S R Thomas Antiques & Interiors

This superb and ornately detailed George III mahogany bureau bookcase is decorated with swags, musical instruments and rams heads inlaid with satinwood. The top section has 3 fully adjustable shelves ...
Superb George III Marquetry Inlaid Mahogany Bureau Bookcase from S R Thomas Antiques & Interiors

£11,900

$14,540 €13,316

Marble Top Secretaire Abbatant by Whytock & Reid from Georgian Antiques

Louis XVI style marble top and gilt metal mounted secretaire a abbatant or fall-front desk. Made by Whytock & Reid of Edinburgh, retaining its original Whytock & Reid locks by ...
Marble Top Secretaire Abbatant by Whytock & Reid from Georgian Antiques

£3,500

$4,276 €3,916

Lovely William & Mary Design Oak Bureau from Joseph Riley Furniture

Offered for sale is this lovely 'William & Mary design' oak bureau which has a drop down writing surface to reveal 4 small drawers, single small cupboard door to center ...
Lovely William & Mary Design Oak Bureau from Joseph Riley Furniture

£475

$580 €532

Liberty Arts & Crafts Bureau Bookcase from Joseph Riley Furniture

Good quality 'Liberty design' oak Arts and Crafts antique bureau bookcase with brass strap hinges to fall front, piercings to either side & the gallery, comes complete with lockable key. Payment: ...
Liberty Arts & Crafts Bureau Bookcase from Joseph Riley Furniture

£295

$360 €330

Quality Carved Oak Arts & Crafts Bureau Bookcase from Joseph Riley Furniture

This is a lovely Arts & Crafts antique oak bureau bookcase which has 2 glazed top doors open doors to reveal single shelf beneath drop down writing surface to reveal ...
Quality Carved Oak Arts & Crafts Bureau Bookcase from Joseph Riley Furniture

£475

$580 €532

Solid Oak Bureau c.1920 from Worboys Antiques

Solid oak bureau having a fall front with carved edges opening to reveal a fitted interior comprising of pigeonholes and a drawer, above three panelled drawers the bottom two with ...
Solid Oak Bureau c.1920 from Worboys Antiques

£425

$519 €476

Oak Bureau with Brass Handles 1700s (inscribed on handles) from Pughs Antiques

Offered for sale is this antique oak bureau with brass handles (inscribed on handles) 'nothing without labor' in good condition. 4 large drawers. Slides and fall front.
Oak Bureau with Brass Handles 1700s (inscribed on handles) from Pughs Antiques

£395

$483 €442

Georgian Oak Bureau from Cornett Antiques

A wonderfull country made Georgian Oak Bureau circa 1740 This bureau is in good original condition with all necessary restoration having been profesionaly done in our own workshops .The ...
Georgian Oak Bureau from Cornett Antiques

£495

$605 €554

George III Mahogany Bureau from Georgian Antiques

Circa 1810, neat size George III mahogany bureau. The rectangular top above the flame mahogany flap with original foliate escutcheon opening to fitted interior. Beneath are 4 graduated drawers with ...
George III Mahogany Bureau from Georgian Antiques

£1,050

$1,283 €1,175

19th Century Satinwood Cylinder Bookcase by 'Edwards & Roberts' from Martlesham Antiques

A fantastic quality satinwood cylinder bookcase by the London makers 'Edwards & Roberts', the bookcase having a stepped moulded cornice with dentil moulding and ebony inlay, the two astragal glazed ...
19th Century Satinwood Cylinder Bookcase by 'Edwards & Roberts' from Martlesham Antiques

£7,950

$9,714 €8,896

Antique Swedish Gustavian Bureau 19th Century Painted Writing Desk Serpentine from Truman Porter

Large 19th Century Swedish painted and carved bureau in the Gustavian manner. The carved fall flap enclosed a fitted interior comprising four columns of miniature drawersand storage. Fitted four graduated serpentine ...
Antique Swedish Gustavian Bureau 19th Century Painted Writing Desk Serpentine from Truman Porter

£680

$831 €761

Antique Biedermeier Secretaire Bureau Chest Mahogany Swedish Secretary Desk from Truman Porter

An impressive 19th century Danish Biedermeier secretaire chest. We've just had this French polished at considerable expense but it's been worth it. Boasting fine quality Cuban mahogany marquetry work throughout. A distinctive Biedermeier ...
Antique Biedermeier Secretaire Bureau Chest Mahogany Swedish Secretary Desk from Truman Porter

£1,400

$1,711 €1,567

Antique Danish Biedermeier Secretaire Bureau Desk from Truman Porter

An impressive 19th century Danish Biedermeier secretaire chest. Boasting fine quality flamed mahogany marquetry work throughout. The top with the distinctive Biedermeier pagoda top above the fall flap enclosed a fitted interior ...
Antique Danish Biedermeier Secretaire Bureau Desk from Truman Porter

£1,500

$1,833 €1,678

18th Century Oak Bureau Bookcase from Holmes Antiques

A very good 18th Century Oak Bureau Bookcase of fabulous colour and patina of pleasing small proportions. A banding of contrasting wood has been inlaid around the drawer fronts ,fall ...
18th Century Oak Bureau Bookcase from Holmes Antiques

£3,400

$4,154 €3,805

Burr Walnut Bureau Bookcase c.1920 from Martlesham Antiques

A lovely quality burr walnut bureau bookcase having an 18th Century carcass and re-venered in the early 20th Century, the moulded cornice above two doors with fielded arched panels opening ...
Burr Walnut Bureau Bookcase c.1920 from Martlesham Antiques

£2,950

$3,604 €3,301

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

$6,598 €6,043

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

$275 €252

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

$2,260 €2,070

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

$2,932 €2,686

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

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

$5,743 €5,259

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.