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Original Early 1960s Fyne Ladye Afromosia Writing Desk Bureau by Richard Hornby

Designed by Richard Hornby for Fyne Ladye in the early 1960s, this bureau / secretaire desk is exceptional in every sense. Perfectly balancing function and form, it’s as handsome as it is practical. Constructed from finest quality solid afromosia to give a deeper tone and richer grain than the more commonly favoured standard teak, it has been so thoughtfully designed with lots of signature design features and attentions to detail… like the horizontal, striped texture across the drawer fronts, the raised edge that frames the front of the piece and the top, and lock that sits discreetly to one side, keeping that main upper panel, clean and clear.  Bureaus are a fantastic option for homeworking, providing a dedicated work station and lots of storage that can be closed away at the end of the day. And they don’t get better than this.


SKU: W518


This original, vintage piece is ‘sold as seen’. It is in very good, used condition. It has been thoroughly cleaned inside and out, and a natural wax polish applied to the external wood. The three drawers slide with ease, feature dovetail joints and all have a clean, tidy interiors. The top desk section features pigeonholes and again, it’s in good clean, tidy order throughout and the hinges for the pull-down door are in good working order too. One thing to note is that the original two small drawers in the centre of the pigeonholes are sadly missing. The top section has a lock and key. There are very light scuffs and knocks to the exterior wood surfaces, but nothing to call out other than some slightly darker flecks on bottom drawer front – see our photo, it’s barely noticeable. It’s extremely well made, solid and stable including when the pull-down desk in place. Note: we have added felt floor protectors to the feet which can be seen in our photos – these can be easily taken off if they don’t suit. There is no maker’s mark but this is a well-documents design that dates from the early 1960s so we attribute it with confidence. Please do browse our photos to get an accurate sense of its condition. If you’ve any questions or would like to view the item, please get in touch.

H: 107cm / W: 81.5cm/ D: 43cm
H from ground to desktop: 75cm