18th century Dutch bureau once belonged
to Henry Hobbs Richardson, the first
American architect to have a style
named after him, “Richardson
Romanesque." The bureau's original
walnut veneers were lifting from its
oak body because of dryness and age.
We painstakingly reapplied the original
veneers, restored the original finishes,
and glued and assembled the entire
piece. The gallery included dozens
of drawers and pigeonholes, and during
the restoration, a secret panel was
discovered that contained long-lost
personal papers and jewelry of H.