A small bureau en pente, French, circa 1770, veneered with kingwood and tulipwood with trellis parquetry, the top opening to reveal a leather writing surface and an interior with pigeon holes flanked to each side by two stepped drawers, on cabriole legs terminated by foliate cast sabots.
Date of acquisition not recorded, but probably originally at 16 Charles Street, Mayfair, Mrs Greville's London home, and bequeathed by Margaret McEwan, The Hon. Mrs Ronald Greville (1863-1942) with Polesden Lacey, to the National Trust, in memory of her father, William McEwan (1827-1913) in 1942. This item found on the probate inventory record for Charles Street chattels at Polesden Lacey, found in the Dining Room, page 9.
Marks and inscriptions
Collector's 'marque de feu', 'D L' (not identified).