Antiques Corner by Patrick Van de Vorst

THIS week we valued an early 18th-century Queen Anne walnut bureau cabinet.

The cabinet features a moulded ogee-arched cornice over a star-engraved mirror escutcheon and two mirrored doors, the base with a fall enclosing a fitted interior above two short and three long drawers separated by channel mouldings on bracket feet. Queen Anne furniture is always somewhat smaller, lighter, and more comfortable than its predecessors and include curving shapes, the cabriole leg, cushioned seats, wing-back chairs, and practical secretary desk-bookcase pieces.

Other elements characterising the style include pad feet and an emphasis on line and form rather than ornament.

Ornamentation is minimal, in contrast to earlier 17th-century and William and Mary styles.

The cabinet we valued is a fine example of an early classical bureau cabinet from about 1710-15.

Furniture from this period has suffered a slight decline in fashion in recent years unfortunately, as later and more theatrical furniture designs have attracted more favour.

Our specialist valued the bureau cabinet at £30,000-£45,000.