Antique Welsh Marches Georgian Oak Inlaid Office Bureau Desk (Circa 1810)

GBP 1,750.00

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Object Description

This is an unusual antique Welsh marches George III oak provincial bureau, circa 1810, decorated with folk art inlay, incorporating a comprehensive interior, in excellent original condition.

• Item: Bureau / Desk
• Circa: 1810
• Period: George III
• Provenance: Ludlow, UK
• Wood: Solid Oak
• Primitive folk art inlay
• Scribe moulded drawer fronts
• Oak cross-banding decoration
• Complete oak interior & fall
• 6 interior drawers featuring brass handles
• Central ‘cubby hole’ with locking door
• 6 Pigeon hole slots to interior
• 2 moulded pull-out fall supports with turned wooden knobs
• 4 large original pine-lined graduated drawers (below fall)
• Original turned wooden knobs to drawers
• Original working locks and keys to fall, drawers & internal ‘cubby hole’ door
• Original decorative shaped frieze
• Original bracket feet
• Original backboards
• Provincial / Vernacular design
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14-day UK returns policy

This is an unusual antique Welsh marches George III oak provincial bureau, circa 1810, decorated with folk art inlay, incorporating a comprehensive interior, in excellent original condition. Originating from the market town of Ludlow on the Welsh border, we believe this bureau to be of Welsh marches provenance. The bureau is in excellent working order, constructed with a scribe moulded solid oak frame, with an oak fall. The centre and corners of the fall is decorated with folk art inlay detail, featuring circular patterned oak dots. The fall also retains the original brass hinges and original brass working lever lock (with key). The fall opens to reveal a complete and original interior, comprising of 6 internal drawers, featuring turned wooden knobs. A central ‘cubby hole’ is also present, behind a cross-banded door with working lock and key. The interior also comprises 6 pigeon hole slots. The fall is supported by the original two moulded pull-out slides, with old replacement turned wooden knobs. Below the fall is a bank of four graduated drawers. The drawers are oak lined, boasting moulded and oak cross-banded fronts, and boast the original oak turned wooden knobs and original key escutcheons, along with original steel lever locks (all with working keys). The fall retains its original working brass lever lock, with working key. The bureau features clean oak and pine backboards and is raised on a shaped and moulded plinth, supported by bracket feet.

This desk would look superb in a variety of rooms, including the office, hallway, living room or dining room. This Georgian bureau would certainly grace any home and is an excellent investment which has stood the test of time. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.

External height = 106.4cm or 41⅞” or 3ft 5⅞”
External width = 92.5cm or 36⅜” or 3ft ⅜”
External depth = 49cm or 19¼” or 1ft 7¼”
Writing height = 82.1cm or 32⅜” or 2ft 8⅜”
Writing width = 89.4cm or 35¼” or 2ft 11¼”
Writing depth = 62.9cm or 24¾” or 2ft ¾”
Knee Height (with fall open) = 80.1cm or 31½” or 2ft 7½”

The price for this item is £1,495 including free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*.

Free UK Delivery*:
We offer free delivery to mainland England, Wales, and Southern Scotland (anywhere south of Stirling). *We do not offer free delivery to locations north of Stirling in Scotland, Northern Ireland, or any British Islands off the mainland; for example, the Isle of Man, Isle of White and Channel Islands. If you live in one of the areas where we do not offer free delivery, please contact us for a delivery quote before purchasing the item. Delivery will be made by our specialised antique furniture delivery service, or in some cases we will use a courier service for distant deliveries.

Delivery times are usually 1-4 weeks depending on location; we aim to deliver the majority of items within 2 weeks. All items are professionally packaged and fully insured in transit, therefore, we can assure you, your items will be securely protected in transit and arrive safely with you.

Once you have purchased an item, we will contact you by email and/or telephone and provide you with a provisional delivery date, in order for you to confirm if it is suitable for you. Once you have confirmed you can accept delivery on the provisional delivery date, we will book the delivery in with our shippers and it then becomes a confirmed delivery date.

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In order to be able to offer you free delivery, it is based on a 1-man delivery only. For any large items that require 2 people to lift the item, we ask that you are available at the time of delivery to be able to give our shipper a lift off the van and into your house with the item. If you are not able to lift items yourself, we ask that you have someone on hand at the time of delivery to assist our shipper with lifting the item.

Free 14 Days UK Returns & Refunds:
A free 14-day “no quibble” returns policy (from the date you receive the item) is available if you are not happy with this item. We will collect the item free of charge from you (we do not charge a return fee / collection fee). You will be given a full refund as long as the item is returned in the same condition. We will collect returns using our own specialist furniture delivery company. We will not accept returns via a courier service (due to experience of damaged items in transit). This refund policy only applies to deliveries to the UK.

UK Buyer Payment:
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International Buyers:
If you live outside the UK and you would like to purchase this item, please contact us before purchasing it, so that we can obtain an accurate shipping quote and delivery lead-time. The shipping quote provided is a global estimate only. The actual shipping cost will vary by country and postcode. Due to the distances and costs involved with shipping outside the UK, a returns policy is therefore not available for international buyers. Before placing your order(s) please make sure this is the item for you. We request payment by bank transfer (we do not accept payment via PayPal, credit or debit cards for international purchases). Payment is requested within 10 days of the purchase. Payment must be cleared before the items are collected or delivered to our shippers. The advertised price of the item does not include the shipping cost, sales tax, import duty or custom fees.

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About the Seller:
This item is being sold by Yola Gray Antiques who is an accredited member of LAPADA (the UK’s largest Trade Association of Professional Art and Antique Dealers) and CINOA. CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations. All LAPADA & CINOA members abide by their strict code of practice by adhering to reputable standards of quality, expertise and integrity.

Yola Gray has dealt in fine art and antique furniture for over 40 years. Yola Gray has a special interest in Colonial furniture, specifically Colonial Four Poster Beds. Yola Gray also provides a variety of fine English Antique Furniture, Art and Fabrics to clients in the UK, Europe and further afield.

Please visit the Yola Gray website at for further items and information.

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Object Condition

This is an unusual antique Welsh marches George III oak provincial bureau, circa 1810, decorated with folk art inlay, incorporating a comprehensive interior, in excellent original condition. Nominal old use marks to the top, leading edges, fall, interior and inside of drawers, but nothing significant, considering the age of the item. The bureau has been wax-polished by hand, to a professional standard, in our workshop, therefore the colour and patination are to an excellent standard. The fall opens easily with no significant warping, which is common with bureaus of this age. The interior is dry and clean, with nominal old use marks. The original brass fall hinges are in good working condition. The fall retains its original working brass hinges and original steel lever locks, with working key. The drawers retain their original pine linings, turned knobs and brass escutcheons and original locks, with working key. The bureau retains its original backboards and is raised on a moulded plinth, terminating on its bracket feet. This Georgian bureau is solid in joint and ready to use.

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