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Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Marquetry Bonheur Du Jour c.1860

Victorian marquetry bonheur du jour | Ref. no. 08675 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 08675
Price: £ 0.00
We present to you this a gorgeous Victorian marquetry bonheur du jour, or Ladies writing desk, crafted from burr walnut and...

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We present to you this a gorgeous Victorian marquetry bonheur du jour, or Ladies writing desk, crafted from burr walnut and dating from around 1860.

The superstructure of this delightful Victorian marquetry bonheur du jour comprises a large central bay with a mirror inset door and a three quarter brass gallery above. The door opens to reveal a small cupboard with a central shelf, flanked by three short drawers on either side. It has a stunning gilt tooled chocolate brown leather inset writing surface with a full width frieze drawer below. The desk stands on beautiful, tapering cabriole legs and is further decorated with ormolu mounts. The piece has original handles throughout, all with working locks and keys.

This is a remarkable example of superb quality, timeless design and truly exquisite taste. This peerless Victorian marquetry bonheur du jour is sure to delight and charm all who see it.

Condition Of This Victorian Marquetry Bonheur Du Jour

This Victorian marquetry bonheur du jour is in a great condition having been wonderfully cleaned, waxed and polished in our workshops. This can easily be observed in the photographs we have included in our picture set. Kindly take a few moments to look at them and assure yourself of this.

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Dimensions in cm:

Height 120 x Width 115 x Depth 65

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 11 inches x Width 3 feet, 9 inches x Depth 2 feet, 2 inches

Our reference: 08675

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. Beneath the writing surface there is usually a single drawer, often neatly fitted for toiletries or writing supplies. 

Early examples were raised on slender cabriole legs; under the influence of neoclassicism, examples made after about 1775 had straight, tapering legs. The marchand-mercier Simon-Philippe Poirierhad had the idea of mounting bonheurs du jour with specially-made plaques of Sèvres porcelainthat that he commissioned and for which he had a monopoly; the earliest Sèvres-mounted bonheur du jours are datable from the marks under their plaques to 1766-67. The choicer examples of the time are inlaid with marquetry or panels of Oriental lacquer, banded with exotic woods, with gilt-bronze mounts.

By the mid-1770s the bonheur du jour was being made in London, where it was simply called a "lady's writing-desk".

Burr Walnut refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.

Ormolu (from French 'or moulu', signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze.The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold-coloured veneer known as 'gilt bronze'.

The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copperbrass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object.

No true ormolu was produced in France after around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury. Therefore, other techniques were used instead but nothing surpasses the original mercury-firing ormolu method for sheer beauty and richness of colour. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt (also known as vermeil).

Dimensions in cm:

Height 120 x Width 115 x Depth 65

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 11 inches x Width 3 feet, 9 inches x Depth 2 feet, 2 inches


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