Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Marquetry Bonheur Du Jour c.1860
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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
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: 08675
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