This finely executed bureau-cabinet of diminutive size is virtually identical in form to a larger example from the estate of Peggy Lehman Korn, sold in these Rooms, 21 October 1999, lot 282 ($68,500). Another example with engaged but fluted columns with Corinthian capitals and with bowed base from the Estate of Marjorie Wiggin Prescott was sold in these Rooms, 31 January 1981, lot 359.
A remarkably similar bureau-cabinet is in the collection of the Schloss Pillnitz, Augustus the Strong's early 18th century residence outside of Dresden. A 1734 inventory taken after Augustus's demise shows a large proportion of walnut and burr-wood cabinets; twenty-three of the fifty-two cabinets are listed as English. It is probable that some of these were executed in the English style by Dresden cabinet-makers although in 1727, English cabinets are recorded as being brought to Pillnitz from Poland. The aforementioned cabinet in the collection was made by the court cabinet-maker Peter Hoese (d.1761) and is illustrated in G. Haase, 'The Eighteenth-Century interior decorations of the Pillnitz Wasser- and Bergpalais', Furniture History, 1985, fig.7 and pp. 94-95.