The rectangular crossbanded top over a slant front opening to a compartment with prospect door, pigeon holes, two long drawers and four short drawers; over one concave and one long drawer, raised on a stand with one long drawer and shaped apron, on cabriole legs headed by carved shells and suspending bellflowers, ending in trifid pad feet. The later lockplates stamped IVE & CO; inscribed on the base 'Emily Adinson' and marked '6060' in one drawer.
G. Beard & J. Goodison, English Furniture 1500-1840, 1987, p. 51.
Nearly identical small scale bureaux are found:
P. Macquoid and R. Edwards, Dictionary of English Furniture, 1954, vol. I, p. 130, fig. 16.
H. Cescinsky, English Furniture from Gothic to Sheraton, 1937, p. 184.
R.W. Symonds, English Furniture from Charles II to George II, 1929, p. 139, fig. 85.
Y. Hackenbroch, English Furniture in the Collection of Irwin Untermeyer, 1958, figs. 269, 270.
L. Hinkley, A Directory of Queen Anne, Early Georgian and Chippendale Furniture, 1971, p. 93, fig.145.
It is unusual--and indicative of superior quality--that the secondary timber of the large drawers is walnut, while satinwood is used for the smaller compartment drawers.