Design drawing titled "Bureau" rendered in pencil on trace. Front view is shown; plan of top is also provided. Bureau has projecting center front section flanked by concave curved areas; overhanging top with carved egg-and-dart molding at edge; backboard with carved scrolls at ends; center section with five drawers in a three-over-two arrangement; round pulls on top drawers and bail handles on drawers below; stiles with carved moldings; cupboards in side areas, each with one hinged curved door and interior shelves; rectangular recessed panels on cupboard doors with carved molding on perimeters; straight skirt with molded rim; short carved and turned feet; and carved garlands, swags and other motifs on cupboard doors and top drawer fronts. Tall rectangular mirror has arched crest with carved bowknot motif at top and rosettes at corners of frame and is attached to bureau top at the base. Two shorter adjustable oval mirrors are hinged to sides of rectangular mirror. Title and design notes are handwritten on drawing.


Descriptive Terms

chests of drawers
dressers (chests of drawers)
design drawings

Physical Description

1 design drawing in pencil (12 x 10 3/4 inches)

Collection Code


Collection Name

Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport -- Collection I

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Record Details


A. H. Davenport Co. (American furniture manufactory, active late 19th-early 20th centuries) (Manufacturer)

Material Type

design drawings

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