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British Colonial Walnut Fall Front Bureau

Late 19th century

SGD 4,400

A beautifully carved British colonial walnut fall front bureau with a serpentine shaped gallery on top. It features two longer drawers above two short ones and a small compartment with a door. When the writing slope is opened, supports slide out to hold the carved, bordered fall front. It reveals a fitted interior with two small drawers that centre three cubby holes on each side. This piece stands on classic short cabriole legs and the writing height is 75cm or 29½”.

Carved walnut wood-work is among the most important crafts of Kashmir. Kashmir is now one of the few places in the world where walnut is still available at an altitude of 5500–7500 feet above sea level. The wood is hard and durable, its close grain and even texture facilitating fine and detailed work. It also presents visually interesting effects with mere plain polished surfaces.

The bureau is in good condition and has been lovingly restored and finished to its former glory using a traditional form of French polishing and waxing.

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Kashmir
British colonial India
H: 105 cm W: 81 cm D: 41cm when open 78 cm
H: 41½” W: 32” D: 16” when open 30½ ”

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