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A very fine William and Mary red japanned slope bureau, circa 1700© 2012 MALLETT ANTIQUES

the fall front is finely decorated with a ceremonial chariot pulled by lions, the lion motif is repeated on the top, the fall opens to reveal a well which slides to reveal a secret compartment; the upper section is supported by three drawers of increasing size, each decorated with further chinoiserie. The bun feet replaced. Some retouching to the decoration, with later handles. H: 39.6 in (100.7 cm). W: 38.0 in (96.4 cm). L/D: 22.2 in (56.4 cm) http://www.mallettantiques.com