A superb Queen Anne burr walnut & feather banded double dome bureau bookcase. The upper section surmounted by a ‘double-dome’ with the additional feature of a dome on each side return. The piece apparently retaining its original turned walnut finials and bevelled mirror plates. The doors open to reveal a fully fitted interior with pigeon holes, folio slots and shelves. There is a removable drawer compartment in the central section with hidden jewellery and sovereign drawers. Below each door is a candle slide. The lower section with very well figured burr veneer fall with inside a leather writing surface, hidden well and a bank of drawers and pigeon holes. Below the fall are two short and two long drawers divided by double beaded mouldings and banded with herringbone inlay. The bookcase stands on turned bun feet.
This magnificent bookcase, which retains particularly good colour, benefits greatly from the cabinet makers attention to detail. The burr walnut veneers have all been carefully selected for their figure. The brass handles and escutcheons have been engraved and it retains the most attractive hinges to the upper doors. Particularly unusual are the mouldings that define the shape of the domes. This shape might be described as a ‘hipped’ dome, but it is also the depth of these mouldings and the sweeping movement that they create that is so special. The quality of this work is far above that seen on most bookcases of this early age.