Fine quality antique bureaux not only look good and make for great workspaces – they also offer a lot of storage space – usually much more than the typical conventional desk occupying the same floorspace. We are, therefore, very pleased to be able to offer this beautiful antique French kingwood and ormolu mounted Vernis Martin cylinder bureau de dame which we have dated to be from around 1870.

The frieze drawer has an interesting shape and opens and rotates the cylinder in order to reveal a further three drawer interior, in rosewood which provides storage for paperwork and other items that you would like to keep from general view.

The cylinder of this cylinder bureau has been decorated with a delightful Vernis Martin painting which depict two ladies being serenaded by a musician playing a lute.

As you can see from the following image, the painting bears the signature “Martin”.

The fall opens, using the drawer front for support. It is lined with a striking inset gold tooled leather writing surface, in burgundy.

The top of this antique cylinder bureau has an attractive three quarter brass gallery and also provides three further useful drawers.

For support, the cylinder bureau stands on strong, yet decorative, cabriole legs which themselves offer further attractive ormolu adornments.

The desk is offered for sale at £2450 and has been fully and carefully restored in our own workshops. It is offered for sale in truly excellent condition. The drawer is supplied with a working lock and key.


The cylinder bureau measures as follows:  Height 107 cm x Width 79 cm x Depth 56 cm or, in inches, Height 3 ft, 6 in x Width 2 ft, 7 in x Depth 1 ft, 10 in.

Do you have a question?

For more information, please contact our experts on +44 20 8809 9605 and quote item reference 07612. The bureau is available to view at our north London showroom along with many other fine desks, desk chairs and  desk accessories.


Packing and shipping can be arranged to almost any worldwide destination – please contact us for a shipping quotation before placing your order, thank you. UK mainland shipping is free of charge for this item.

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