Learn about Bonheur-Du-Jour

A lady's small writing table, with an upper, usually glass-fronted cabinet containing drawers, pigeonholes and other storage. Very feminine and elegant, the form was first introduced in France in the mid-18th century, although it was quickly taken up by the English cabinetmakers. The style continued to be made throughout the 19th century, very often ebonised with gilt mounts and porcelain plaque inserts. The term literally means 'happiness of the day', and it was presumably at such a desk that the society matron both read and wrote her morning letters.
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A Louis XVI style rosewood and marquetry bonheur du jour, later 19th century, with label of Ecole Blanc, Rue Paradis Marseilles, of elegant proportions, the writing desk with a central glazed velvet lined cupboard flanked by open compartments, the hinged t

A 20th century French style lady's kingwood Bonheur du jour, the writing desk with classical ormolu mounts including framing to the painted fall front and frieze panels, scrolling legs

A French Louis XV style inlaid rosewood Bonheur de jour, 19th century, with a pierced brass gallery above two glazed doors with gilt bronze trims, a serpentine shaped fall front below opening to a fitted compartment with small drawers, a writing plane and

A bonheur du jour / ladies writing desk, 19th century., probably English. Satinwood, mixed various veneer work construction. The desk has a single lower drawer with five desk top stationery drawers. The upper desk is decorated with a twin brass gallery, gi

A French Louis XV style Bonheur Du Jour, with a brass gallery, the fall with floral marquetry decoration on high cabriole legs with ormolu sabots. 91 cm high, 66 cm wide, 46 cm deep

A Louis XV style parquetry inlaid bonheur du jour with a raised back housing three drawers, above two frieze drawers, cabriole supports, 130 x 93.5 x 95 cm.

A Louis XVI style marquetry inlaid rosewood bonheur du jour with a brass gallery edged top above a drop front writing surface with a foliate marquetry inlaid cartouche, cabriole supports, 72.5 x 92.5 x 46 cm.

An unusual coromandel panelled bonheur du jour with gilt legs, English/Chinese circa 1920, 76 cm high, 105 cm wide, 52 cm wide

19th century French walnut bonheur de jour ladies writing desk

A French Louis XVI style 19th century bonheur du jour, the upper part with a pierced gallery, above three small drawers, and sliding cylinder, flanked by ormolu banding, above a hinged writing surface, above a long drawer, on turned tapering fluted legs. 1

A French inlaid rosewood ladies Bonheur de jour on mounted cabriole legs with fitted interior and bombe shaped fall, top & sides.

A French Louis XVI style kingwood bonheur du jour. On square tapering legs having three doors and three drawers with raised marble top. 122 cm high, 94 cm wide, 58 cm deep

A French Louis XV-style Bonheur-du-jour in fine timbers, first half 20th century, of slightly bombe form with a fall front enclosing a finely crafted arrangement of three small drawers and a sliding compartment, superb parquetry and decorative veneering in

Two applique de jour plates, one with a floral sprigged decor on a clear ground; the other of lobed petal form with floral panels and insects to centre upon a turquoise ground. Diameter 20.5 cm. And smaller

A fine French kingwood bonheur du jour, the small proportion lady's writing desk inlaid with parquetry panels of book matched veneers, the superstructure with two doors and two small drawers, the base with a fold-out writing panel raised above a small knee

An important French mid 19th century satinwood, bonheur du jour, the centre with three drawers flanked cupboards, each with ormolu banding, and doors with painted porcelain panels, above a frieze drawer with enclosing inset leather writing slope, ormolu mo

A Victorian ebonized bonheur du jour, the arched shaped top with porcelain panel within ormolu mounts above a shelf with three porcelain painted panels, the top with inset porcelain panels and ormolu banded edge, below single frieze drawer with conforming

A French 19th century Louis XV style kingwood and parquetry decorated Bonheur-du-jour, with brass gallery above a pair of drawers, and a fall enclosing a leather writing surface pigeon holes and small drawers, below high cabriole legs with under shelf. 99

A French Louis XV style kingwood bureau du jour, with inverted moulded top, above a cylinder front with parquetry decoration, enclosing small drawers, on square tapering legs.103 cm high, 77 cm wide, 51 cm deep.

A French Louis XVI-style brass-inlaid mahogany Bonheur-du-jour, late 19th/early 20th century, rectangular, the top with a high super-structure with a stepped marble tray top above drawers and a glazed cabinet, the fold-out leather-lined writing surface abo

A fine quality marquetry and gilt bronze mounted kingwood bonheur-du-jour, French or English, circa 1880. 57 cm wide 31 cm deep, 122 cm high

A boulle bonheur de jour, writing desk 19th century, France constructed with tortoiseshell and brass inlay, ebonised wood with ormolu mounts with writing slide inside lower drawer. Height 153 cm. Width 82 cm. Depth 49.5 cm

A Louis XV style rosewood and marquetry bonheur du jour 20th century, the shaped back with a gallery edged display shelf supported by foliate cast columns above two drawers, the lower section with a singled frieze drawer, the whole with foliate marquetry a

An Edwardian mahogany bonheur du jour, the stepped rectangular back with a central mirror panelled cupboard, flanked by a further two solid panelled doors, the lower section with a central frieze drawer and a further two drawers to either side, the whole i

A fine French Louis XV style kingwood bonheur du jour. Bombe shape with parquetry decoration the fall enclosing compartments and small drawers on cabriole supports with ormolu sabots

A French 18th century Louis XVI ormolu-mounted mahogany bonheur du jour, by Pierre Garnier, Paristhe upper-structure surmounted by a three-quarter gallery surround, above two tambour sliding doors and eight small drawers, the pull-out writing slide centred

A French late 19th century Louis XV style kingwood bonheur du jour with a shaped stepped top, a frieze drawer on cabriole supports with ormolu sabots. Width 50 cm. Length 76 cm. Height 96 cm

A decorative French late 19th century kingwood and floral marquetry decorated ladies bonheur du jour. Height 111 cm. Width 70 cm. Depth 46 cm

Finest quality 19th century mahogany cross-banded and strung ladies cylinder top bon-heure du jour desk with sliding and fitted interior

A French walnut Louis XV style bonheur du jour with cylinder front. A French walnut Louis XV style bonheur du jour with cylinder front three frieze drawers on high cabriole supports with ormolu sabots

A Louis XVI style boulle bonheur du jour, 19th century. Width 73 cm. Depth 50 cm. Height 130 cm the gallery edged top above two cushion front doors and two drawers, with serpentine frieze drawer raised on cabriole legs, the whole with gilt metal mounts and

A Louis XVI style gilt brass mounted ebonised bonheur du jour, 19th century, the gallery edge upper section with a classical brass inlaid cartouche to each door above two drawers, the projecting lower section with a conforming writing surface above a singl

19th century Sevres panelled and ebonized Bonheur de Jour with panelled cupboards and rich ormolu mounts

Fine English 19th century ebonised bonheur du jour having two Sevres hand painted oval plaques and fine ormolu mounts

A fine French 19th century kingwood bonheur du jour with gilt bronze gallery, the fall with Vernis Martin enclosing fitted interior flanked by curved shelves with ormolu gallery the with ormolu decoration on tapering fluted turned supports

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