Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Inlaid Bonheur Du Jour c.1860
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This is a simply superb example of a Victorian bonheur du jour, or ladies writing desk, crafted from burr walnut and sumptuously inlaid, dating from around 1860.
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 be admired wherever it finds itself.
The fall front of this delightful Victorian bonheur du jour opens to reveal a rosewood and kingwood interior, featuring the original gold tooled burgundy inset leather writing surface, a bank of three drawers and a slide that allows one to access the hidden space below. The top has a pair of cupboards with glazed doors - ideal to display your ornaments - flanking a small drawer and mirror. All the drawers have original working locks and keys. The bureau itself stands on beautiful, slender cabriole legs.
A Victorian bonheur du jour of this elegance and quality is rare indeed and has to be seen to be believed - a truly exquisite piece.
Condition Of This Victorian Bonheur Du Jour
This Victorian bonheur du jour is in a superb condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops. This can easily be observed in the pictures we have provided. Kindly take a couple of seconds to look at them and satisfy yourself of this.
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Dimensions in cm:
Height 143 x Width 87 x Depth 53
Dimensions in inches:
Height 4 feet, 8 inches x Width 2 feet, 10 inches x Depth 1 foot, 9 inches
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
Our reference: 07864
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