Antique Louis Revival Marquetry Bonheur Du Jour C 1860
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Here we have a very fine example of an antique Louis Revival Marquetry Bonheur Du Jour which dates from around 1860 and which we are proud to offer for sale in truly excellent condition.
This Louis Revival French marquetry inlaid ormolu mounted Bonheur Du Jour, or Ladies writing desk, is a feast for the eyes with its abundance of beautiful marquetry decoration that is quite obviously the work of a master craftsman, or most likely several master craftsmen. The craft of marquetry is one which takes a long time to master and uses costly materials so it goes without saying that a piece of Louis Revival furniture like this would have taken quite some time to build.
As you can see from the photographs, this antique bonheur du jour features contrasting specimen wood marquetry which takes the form of scrolling frames adorned with bouquets of foliate and floral marquetry decoration.
This bonheur du jour offers much more than just good looks however, as can be seen from the photographs, it also offers much in the way of storage including a pair of serpentine cupboard doors which open to reveal a beautifully finished mahogany interior featuring a shelf with two short drawers below.
In addition to the useful drawers there is a useful writing slide which still has the original velvet inset writing surface mounted above a full width frieze drawer. Furniture lovers will also appreciate the gilded ormolu mounts which are featured on this lovely bonheur du jour.
For support, the bonheur du jour stands on slim, yet sturdy, cabriole legs and the item is supplied complete with working locks and the original keys.
Overall, this is a very special piece of furniture which is in superb condition and which is sure to be a talking point with your family and friends, wherever you choose to place it in your home or perhaps in a commercial setting such as a hotel. Please take a close look at the photographs to assure yourself as to the fine condition of this piece.
Will It Fit?
It is always a good idea to make sure that any item of furniture you plan to buy will fit comfortably into the space that you have in mind for it. This antique bonheur du jour measures 52cm in height x 85cm wide and is 52cm deep which is equivalent to 1 ft, 8 inches high x 2 feet, 9 inches wide x 1 ft, 8 inches deep.
Viewing and Further Information.
This antique bonheur du jour is available for viewing every weekday between the hours of 19am and 5pm at our north London showroom where you may also view the many other items on show. Please contact us using the details above if you intend to travel to see a particular item of furniture in order to make sure that it is still available.
The showroom also opens on some, but not all, Saturdays – please contact us before making a journey on a saturday to confirm that we are open on your chosen day.
Shipping, Delivery and Returns
This is a very special piece of antique furniture and requires careful packing and shipping. We can ship to any destination worldwide and will take care of the packing for you, but please do call or email for a quotation before purchasing the item so that we can fully discuss your requirements. We are able to ship to any mainland UK address free of charge.
If you are not satisfied with the item we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this lovely marquetry writing table, unless we have erroneously described the item in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return the item in its original packaging and condition.
You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due if you wish to have this antique bonheur du jour or any other item shipped outside the European Union.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 52 x Width 85 x Depth 52
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 8 inches x Width 2 feet, 9 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 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: 08553
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