• Item: Bonheur Du Jour Desk
• Circa: 1870
• Period: 2nd Empire
• Wood: Walnut
• Provenance: France
• Style: Louis XV
• Size: 4ft wide x 2½ft deep
• Serpentine design
• Black leather with gold tooling
• Shaped fretwork gallery
• Marquetry veneers
• Multiple drawers & cupboard
• Original brass rococo handles
• Stunning floral carved cabriole legs
• Hand dovetailed drawer construction
• Working locks & key
• Stunning colour & patination
• Superb quality
• Two piece desk (dismantles for transport)
• Free 14 day UK returns period
Here is an example of a superb quality antique Louis XV revival French figured walnut & leather carved Bonheur Du Jour desk, from the 2rd Empire period, circa 1870. The top section consists of a central cupboard, flanked by four small drawers, adorned by a floral carved frame, below an elegant carved open floral fretwork gallery. The serpentine shaped desk features a shaped gold tool black leather inset to the centre of the desk, with a walnut surround and symmetrical marquetry veneer to the perimeter. The edge of the desktop features an elegant moulded edge with chamfered corners. Below, the three serpentine shaped drawers sit above an elegantly shaped frieze. These three drawers retain the original working locks and key; they are pine lined and hand dovetailed. The cupboard doors above also retain the original working lock and key. All drawers retain their original elegant brass rococo handles. The small drawers are cedar lined, whereas the larger drawers are pine lined. The desk boasts stunning symmetrical mirror matched figured marquetry veneers to all drawer fronts, the cupboard doors and this is also evident around the inset leather desktop itself. Pronounced cabriole legs, with carved anthemion motifs to the knees and base of the leg, support the desk.
This is a two-piece desk and is designed to dismantle which allows for easy transportation and access into the house. The section that sits on top of the desk is designed to detach from the desk.
This desk boasts a mellow walnut colour. As it boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.
This desk would look superb in a variety of rooms from the work place to the home office. The desk would certainly grace any home or office and a great investment, as it is extremely functional. So don’t miss out your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.
This rare Bonheur Du Jour desk is in excellent condition. The leather is clean, free from stains, rips or scratches. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges of the desk itself, but nothing significant, considering the age of the item. As it boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received. The three large drawers and the central cupboard feature the original working locks and a key. All drawers retain their original brass rococo handles. Importantly, all of the mirror matched symmetrical figured walnut veneer is all intact and in excellent condition. The desk stands firm on the ground; it does not wobble, is solid in joint and is ready to use.
External height = 126.5cm or 49¾” or 4ft 1¾”
External width = 123cm or 48⅜” or 4ft 0⅜”
External depth = 78cm or 30¾” or 2ft 6¾”
Writing Height = 77cm or 30¼” or 2ft 6¼”
Writing Width = 115cm or 45¼” or 3ft 9¼”
Writing Depth = 42.5cm or 16¾” or 1ft 4¾”
Knee Height = 60cm or 23⅝” or 1ft 11⅝”
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