circa: 1820 width: 35 height: 81 length: 18 This antique carved oak bureau was hand-crafted in Georgian England around 1820. The wood has aged beautifully, developing a lovely patina that enriches the natural luster of the ebonized oak. Combined with the marvelously intricate carvings that cover the face of this piece, the result of this patina is a striking and timeless bureau that will continue to astound the eye for centuries more to come. Unique sphinx-stamped brass pulls complement the dark oak quite wonderfully; several of the handles also appear to have been replaced and are slightly different than one another. The bookcase, fall, and middle drawer still lock with an accompanying set of keys, while the top and bottom drawers no longer lock. This piece easily separates into the bookcase and bureau sections, with the top securing into the bottom with a pair of screws. Each drawer of course features hand-cut dovetails, and the shaped bracket feet remain as sturdy as they are elegant. This bureau bookcase has sustained some superficial wear, including a typical assortment of old dings and marks, although most of these marks are very minor and hardly show. Several separations between the boards have, however, developed in the bureau face and sides. These separations are purely cosmetic, so they do not affect the structural integrity of the piece, and all solid wood pieces eventually see this kind of separation after about 100-200 years. The overall condition of this magnificent Georgian bureau bookcase therefore remains very good.