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Exotic domes and minarets only hint at the splendours inside

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Writing table (bureau Mazarin) early eighteenth century

Ebony, tortoiseshell, pewter and brass, with gilt bronze mounts | 87.0 x 134.0 x 73.5 cm (whole object) | RCIN 2620

West Gallery, Buckingham Palace

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This bureau was used as a dressing table by George IV at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. It is veneered in ebony and marquetry of engraved brass and turtle, known as ‘Boulle’ marquetry, and fitted with gilt bronze mounts. This particular example resembles Chinese or Japanese lacquer, thus fitting with the exotic scheme of the Pavilion.

  • Creator(s)

    France (nationality)

  • 87.0 x 134.0 x 73.5 cm (whole object)

  • This bureau was used as a dressing table by George IV at Brighton Pavilion. It was probably purchased by the 3rd Marquess of Hertford, together with an identical table which remains in the Wallace Collection.

    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Botany
        • General botany
          • Leaves
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Field crops and their production
          • Acorns
        • Horticulture
          • Berries
            • Blackberries