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Attributed to COXED & WOSTER (worked 1710-1736)

Country of Origin



c. 1710


Burr maple


38.00inch wide   84.00inch high   23.00inch deep
(96.52 cm wide  213.36 cm high  58.42 cm deep)


In 1719 English cabinetmaker John Coxed (fl. 1711-1718) was succeeded by his widow Grace Coxed and Thomas Woster, (fl. 1719-1735), a relative by marriage of John. The firm Coxed & Woster, operated out of John Coxed’s former premises in St. Paul’s Churchyard until Thomas Woster’s death. Coxed & Woster carried on its predecessor's reputation for fashioning pieces, namely bureau and bureau-cabinet, that demonstrated a high-level of craftsmanship.

Christopher Gilbert notes that precise dating of the firm’s furniture is challenging, but the earlier cabinets were primarily veneered in burr elm or maple. Coxed & Woster was also known for enriching the surface of its cabinets with the addition of inlaid-pewter stringing or cross-banding, as evident with the present cabinet.

Several labeled examples of bureau cabinets attributed to Coxed & Woster, which are highly similar to the present piece are illustrated in C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture, 1700-1840, Leeds, 1996, p. 154-157, figs. 236, 245 (see images attached). An additional distinctive structural feature of this cabinet, which is also seen on other documented Coxed & Woster bureau bookcases, is that the top of the bureau section is veneered, despite having a waist molding to accept the upper cabinet.

Description / Expertise

A Queen Anne burr maple bureau cabinet with inlaid pewter stringing throughout, attributed to Coxed and Woster, the upper section with a moulded overhanging cornice above a pair of mirror glass doors; the base with a fall front opening and two short frieze drawers over three longer graduated drawers, the whole resting on bun feet.

The carcass of pine, the backboards, drawer linings, inner shelves and fall front in oak. The surface veneered in burr maple with inlay of pewter. The bandings in walnut and rosewood.

The upper section with two mirrored doors, the mirrors replaced. Opening to reveal a space for shelves for books above a single, double drawer between correspondence slides. The oak boards painted in faux rosewood. The backboards with shrinkage gaps between each board. With a long, single book slide beneath the doors with faux rosewood effect on oak.

The lower section with a secretaire. The fall front inset with velvet on the internal writing panel. A series of letter slides and assortment of drawers, one with a well for ink. The fall slope appearing to retain its original lock. The main body of the lower section with two small drawers above three long drawers. With period elliptical handles replacing a later set of ring pull handles. With original escutcheons and lock plates. All raised on bun feet, possibly replaced, although with significant signs of age.

The overall condition of this cabinet is very good for this early furniture. Veneers with natural aging cracks and signs of movement from the underlying pine carcass. Some small areas of replacement to the mouldings and bruising and damage to the veneer but generally in good shape. Further small areas of pewter decoration replaced. The two sections joined on the reverse with new iron catches.


gbp 55000.00 (Pound Sterling)