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Object: Writing Bureau

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Title Writing Bureau
Production Seuffert, Anton (cabinetmaker), circa 1875, New Zealand
Teutenberg, Anton (carver), circa 1875, New Zealand
Medium summary New Zealand native timbers
Materials puriri, Rimu, totara, rewarewa, kauri, wood, glass, leather, veneer
Classification bureaus, writing desks
Dimensions Approximate: 1570mm (Height) x 1230mm (Width) x 710mm (Depth)
Overall: 1450mm (Height) x 1300mm (Width) x 800mm (Depth)
Credit line Bequest of Mrs E H Blair in memory of her late husband, Archibald Anderson Watt, 1918
Registration number PF000079
Writing Bureau or bonheur-du-jour in Louis XV style. Marquetry work in inlaid veneers of New Zealand timbers, mainly kauri, puriri & rewarewa. The iconography of the marquetry work features on the central door panel, a Moa standing beside a giant tree fern with a lake and mountains in the distance, the side door panels feature a Maori man and woman. At top centre of the cabinet is a finely carved relief portrait head in puriri of a Maori man wearing full moko. The interior of the cabinet features a miniature "ballroom" with chequerboard parquetry flooring, pillars and mirrored panels.

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