England, 1705-10, In the Manner of Coxed & Wooster



The burr maple veneer “stained” in lampblack to resemble tortoiseshell –

n the manner of cabinetmakers John Coxed and Thomas Wooster (1690-1736) –

banded to the edges and center with kingwood,
the surfaces radiant and now softly faded to a glorious color;

having a rectangular top above a sloping fall (with original lock and key),

and opening to a veneered surface and green morocco-lined recess,
the sides with brass carrying handles;

the lower section with a pull-out dressing mirror flanked by rectangular lopers,

having a shallow drawer fitted for two inkwells to one side,

the other side with a vacant deep drawer,
the whole raised on a moulded plinth above shallow bracket feet


Note :

Lampblack “stained” maple or elm is often referred to as “mulberry”.

Most “tortoiseshell-like” surfaces, and likewise the small bureaus, were produced by

John Coxed, and Coxed and Wooster from c1700 through 1720, most c 1705-10.   

Existing traveling bureaus of this period are quite rare.


Condition : Excellent, with wear appropriate to age and usage; original locks and brasses throughout;

the morocco leather lining to the interior recess with good age and possibly original;

the mirror with bevel and quite thin, mercury lined and likely original; there is a small pin hole in the front

of the interior writing surface for a securing pin that went through the mirror frame


6.5" High x 14" Wide x 12.5" Deep 



















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Rare Queen Anne Burr Maple & Kingwood Traveling Bureau, England, 1705-10,  Manner of Cabinetmakers Coxed & Wooster 


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