The bureau, designed in the George I style, is decorated with birds in whimsical Chinese gardens after the 'India' fashion popularised by John Stalker and George Parker's Treatise of Japanning and Varnishing, Oxford, 1688. Among the leading cabinet-makers working in this manner was the St. Paul's Church Yard cabinet-maker John Belchier (d. 1753), who is believed to have supplied a related bureau-cabinet listed in 1726 in a bedroom at Erddig, Wrexham, Clywd (M. Drury, 'Early Eighteenth-Century Furniture at Erddig', Apollo, July 1978, pp. 52-53, pl. 11).
If this bureau was acquired for Nostell Priory, Yorkshire by Sir Rowland Winn, 4th Baronet (d. 1765), it may have inspired the similarly decorated bedroom furnishings that were executed in the 1770s by Thomas Chippendale (d. 1779) for Sir Rowland Winn, 4th Baronet (see C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London, 1978, vol. II, fig. 214).