The pattern for this elegant 'cylinder desk' is derived from Thomas Sheraton's Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, 1792, pl. 47. Another yew-veneered bureau of this type, with drawer-activated cylinder, displays the oval ring-handles that appear on a number of pieces of furniture manufactured by Gillows of London and Lancaster in the 1790's (sold Christie's London, 26 May 1937, lot 130 and illustrated in R. Fastnedge, Sheraton Furniture, London, 1962, fig.74). A further example is illustrated in C. Claxton Stevens and S. Whittington, 18th Century English Furniture: The Norman Adams Collection, Suffolk, 1983, pp.128-129. Another was sold, the property of a Gentleman, Christie's London, 6 April 1995, lot 158 (£12,075).