Unusually, both mahogany and exotic hardwoods are used in the carcass construction of this bureau, suggesting both a slightly later date of manufacture during George II's reign, and the possibility that it was executed abroad for export. A closely related small bureau-on-stand, although fitted with a dressing-glass, is illustrated in P. Macquoid and R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London, rev. ed., 1954, vol. I, p. 132, fig. 20, while another similar walnut bureau from the collection of Percival D. Griffiths, with drawer linings in mahogany and dating from circa 1725, is illustrated in R.W. Symonds, English Furniture from Charles II to George II, London, 1929, fig. 85. The latter bureau also has a similar internal arrangment of drawers and pigeon-holes flanking a central cupboard with fluted pilasters.