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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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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

$1,437 €1,270

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

$1,119 €989

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

$406 €359

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

$331 €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

$687 €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

$686 €606

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

$431 €381

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

$562 €497

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

$869 €768

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

$619 €547

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

$594 €525

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

$9,686 €8,560

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

$1,875 €1,657

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

$362 €320

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

$981 €867

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

$619 €547

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

$5,155 €4,556

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

$406 €359

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

$3,743 €3,308

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

$1,312 €1,160

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

$5,937 €5,247

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

$469 €414

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

$969 €856

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

$400 €353

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

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

$937 €828

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

$2,312 €2,043

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

$4,562 €4,032

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

£8,000

$9,998 €8,836

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

$4,374 €3,866

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.