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ANTIQUE NUMBER SA1071072: Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Marquetry & Ormolu Bonheur De Jour Bureau 19th C

Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Marquetry & Ormolu Bonheur De Jour Bureau 19th C

£2,850    $3,713    €3,392
This is a beautiful antique Victorian burr walnut and ormolu mounted inlaid Bonheur Du Jour, or Ladies writing desk, circa 1860 in date.
 
 
The gorgeous grain and colour of the burr walnut, the fabulous inlaid decoration and the exquisite ormolu mounts ensure that this bureau de dame will get noticed wherever it is placed.
 
 
The fall front opens to reveal a tulip wood and king wood interior, a fall front fitted with the original gold tooled inset dark purple leather writing surface, a bank of three drawers and a slide that allows you to access the secret hidden space below.
 
 
The top has a pair of cupboards with glazed doors, ideal to display your ornaments and they flank a small drawer and a mirror.
 
 
The bureau stands on beautiful cabriole legs and has it's original working brass locks and keys.
 
 
This is a lovely piece which is sure to enhance any interior.
 
 
Condition:
 
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, polished and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
 
 
Dimensions in cm:
 
Height 142 cm x Width 89 cm x Depth 54 cm
 
 
Dimensions in inches:
 
Height 4 foot, 8 inches x Width 2 foot, 11 inches x Depth 1 foot, 9 inches
 
 
A bonheur du jour (in French, bonheur-du-jour, meaning "daytime delight") is a type of lady's writing desk. It was introduced in Paris by one of the interior decorators and purveyors of fashionable novelties called marchands-merciers about 1760, and speedily became intensely fashionable.
 
 
The bonheur du jour is always very light and graceful, with a decorated back, since it often did not stand against the wall but was moved about the room. Its special characteristic is a raised back, which may form a little cabinet or a nest of drawers, or open shelves, which might be closed with atambour may simply be fitted with a mirror. The top, often surrounded with a chased and gilded bronze gallery, serves for placing small ornaments. Bene...
Antique #SA1071072, showcased on this page, originates from 1860. For historical context, the timeline below highlights the period when it was made:
1860
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