This piece copies in nearly every detail a bureau-cabinet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The piece was formerly in the collections of Percival D. Griffiths and Judge Irwin Untermyer. Details of its construction and design are included in R.W. Symonds, English Furniture from Charles II to George II 1929, pp.109-115, figs.64-66, diags.6-7. Carved Georgian furniture was very much in fashion during the first decades of the twentieth century, at which time this cabinet was probably produced. Another bureau-cabinet of this design executed during this period was sold in these Rooms, 29 April 1992, lot 119.