Learn about Bureau Plat

A flat-topped writing table originating in France in the late 17th century. The top is usually inset with leather and there are small drawers in the frieze or apron. The form is usually elaborately veneered and inlaid with marquetry and fitted with high quality brass or ormolu mounts. Many versions, often ebonised, were made during the Victorian period in the Rococo style, and continue to be made in the same style, at the present time.

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An elegant kingwood parquetry gilt bronze mounted bureau-plat, French, mid 19th century, 75 cm high, 153 cm wide, 77.5 cm deep with dark leather gilt tooled top

A gilt bronze mounted kingwood bureau plat, French, 20th century, with tooled tanned leather insert top, faux drawers to the rear and ormolu mounts to the cabriole legs, 76 cm high, 140 cm wide, 90 cm deep

A kingwood bureau plat with applied ormolu mounts and original leather inlaid top, flanked by draws on either side of the frieze, French, late 19th century, 70cm high 130cm wide 68cm deep

A kingwood bureau plat with tooled tan leather insert and sliding panels at either end supported on ormolu mounted serpentine legs, French, 20th century, 76 cm high, 140 cm wide, 79 cm deep (not extended)

A French Louis XV style kingwood bureau plat, early 19th century, with fine stringing and ormolu mounts throughout, 70 cm high, 130 cm wide, 68 cm wide

A fine French inlay and parquetry rosewood bureau plat, 19th century, of serpentine profile with a fine central floral bouquet upon a woven parquetry design, with cross banding, stringing and floral whorls to the corners, a single bird's eye maple lined dr

A fine small Second Empire Tulipwood and marquetry inlaid bureau plat in the Louis XV style, circa 1848-1870, with a serpentine profile, quarter veneer panelling and centred with a floral cartouche with wide strung cross banded borders and scrolling spandr

A Louis XVI walnut marquetry leather topped bureau plat, 70 cm high, 94 cm wide, 46.5 cm deep

An impressive Louis XVI pale blue painted and bronze mounted bureau-plat, 18th/19th century, 82 cm high, 172 cm wide, 97 cm deep

An early/mid-20th century French bureau plat, the traditional multiple serpentine top with cut brass and white metal fancy inlay to the central section, centred with a queen in a carriage drawn by two lions, ornate scrolling floral framing, strung banded b

A Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted kingwood bureau plat, 75 cm high, 140 cm wide, 77 cm deep

A Venetian marquetry inlaid serpentine top walnut bureau plat, 19th century, 80 cm high, 132 cm wide, 76 cm deep

An impressive Charles X ornately carved beech bureau plat with insert leather top. 76 cm high, 178 cm long, 98 cm deep

Fine antique French Louis XV style two drawer bureau plat, inset tooled leather writing surface, applied well cast bronze mounts, approx 74 cm high, 120 cm wide, 70 cm deep

A good Victorian bureau plat in the French manner, circa 1840. The rectangular cross banded top with moulded border and leather inset, the shaped, cross banded frieze applied with twelve oval and rectangular porcelain plaques painted with flowers and exoti

A good late 19th century bureau plat, the top of serpentine form with heavy cast ormolu border, above a shaped conforming apron, drawer to one side, the red tortoiseshell boulle lined with cut brass incorporating frolicking putti in a field of foliate scro

A Louis XV style marble top gilt bronze mounted kingwood bureau plat, French, late 19th/20th century. 76 cm high, 137 cm wide, 78 cm deep

A French Louis XV style walnut parquetry bureau plat, with brass banding, a frieze drawer, on cabriole legs with ormolu sabots. 78 cm high, 101 cm wide, 60 cm deep

A French Ormolu mounted Kingwood & Bois Satine Bureau Plat, 19th century, having a tooled leather inset to the rectangular top, three drawers to the frieze opposed by three faux drawers to the reverse, supported on cabriole legs, 74.5 cm high, 113 cm wide,

A Louis XV style kingwood bureau plat, the serpentine top with marquetry inlay above a single shaped frieze drawer and sides with bookend veneer panelling and floral inlay, with a shaped apron and raised on cabriole legs, with gilt bronze mounts and sabots

Louis XV style bureau plat. Parquetry leather top above three drawers fitted with bronze mounts. Double sided. Blind drawers to one side. (some veneer losses). Height 80 cm. Length 160 cm. Diameter 77 cm

A Louis XVI style bureau plat with brown leather top, gilt metal mounts and fluted legs. Dimensions: 78 x 185 cm

A French kingwood veneered bureau plat, 19th century, 73 cm high, 125 cm wide and 65 cm deep

A Louis XV style gilt metal mounted kingwood bureau plat with a leather inset writing surface, above three frieze drawers, cabriole legs with sabots, 145 x 79 x 76 cm

French Louis XV style bureau plat, with rosewood banding and kingwood veneer surface, fitted with three drawers and bronze mounts. 190 cm wide x 108 cm high

A Southern Italian walnut veneered neo classical bureau plat, late 18th century, the rectangular top and sides all cross banded and with central inlaid rosewood and boxwood geometric motifs, the front with fitted drawer and leather inset slide, the knee ho

A Directoire style walnut finish and gilt bronze mounted bureau plat, French, circa 1900. 77 cm high, 130 cm wide and 70 cm deep. Provenance. Private Collection Toorak, Melbourne

A gilt-bronze mounted bureau-plat, French 19th century. 78 cm high, 122 cm wide and 67 cm deep. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney

A Louis XV style gilt-bronze mounted and marquetry bureau-plat. 79 cm high, 194 cm wide, 95 cm deep

A French Louis XV style kingwood and parquetry bureau plat. 82 cm high, 110 cm wide, 70 cm deep.

A Louis XV-style brass-mounted kingwood and mahogany bureau plat, the serpentine crescent-shaped top lined with gilt-tooled buff leather above shaped friezes with two drawers to the concave side, on moulded cabriole legs, gilt-metal mounts and mouldings th

A Regence-style brass-mounted ebonized bureau plat, the inverted break-front rectangular top lined with gilt-tooled buff leather above shaped friezes with three drawers to one side, on cabriole legs, gilt-metal mounts and mouldings throughout. Height 80 cm

A Louis XV-style gilt metal-mounted marquetry bureau plat, the shaped elliptical top above a shaped frieze with a drawer to one side, on cabriole legs, the top and frieze inlaid throughout with foliate designs in various woods, gilt-metal mounts and mouldi

A fine quality scarlet-boulle and bronze mounted bureau plat, French, 19th century, 76 cm high, 152 cm wide, 76 cm deep

A gilt bronze mounted bureau-plat in the Louis XV style, 80 cm high, 174 cm long, 98 cm deep

An antique provincial Louis XV-style cherry wood bureau plat, late 19th/early 20th century, the chequerboard marquetry top with moulded edges above five drawers arranged around the knee-hole, on cabriole legs, the drawer fronts and all sides with shaped an

A French Empire style oak bureau plat, of rectangular form with gadrooned edge, carved frieze with drawers, above ornately carved end supports terminating in paw feet. 75 cm high, 152 cm wide, 92 cm deep

A 19th century French walnut and marquetry bureau plat, the top of serpentine outline with stylised central floral marquetry within foliate banding and brass banded edge, above a frieze drawer, having a shaped apron decorated with panels of foliate, raised

A Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted kingwood bureau plat, of shaped rectangular form the tooled green leather top above a frieze drawer and faux drawer to the reverse, raised on cabriole legs, applied and decorated throughout with gilt bronze masks, acan

A Victorian Louis XVI style bureau plat, the top with inset leather and ormolu banding, the frieze with two drawers, on tapering supports. 71 cm high 116 cm wide. 61 cm deep