The Antique Bonheur Du Jour is a form of antique writing table from the Victorian period constructed using Satinwood or Mahogany and often inlaid. This style of antique desk originates from France where the name means “daytime delight”, by the late 1700s they were made in London and simply called a lady’s writing desk. The bonheur du jour is always very fine looking and finished on all sides so does not have to be standing against the wall and can be appreciated from all sides. They often have a small central cabinet, open shelves for paperwork or letters and stand on slender tapering legs with spade feet. The best examples were by the renowned cabinet makers, such as Gillows as they would only use the best timbers and add unique features, like a tambour cupboard door and leather writing insert. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
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Below are a few examples of Bonheur Du Jour that we have sold, if any particular style looks of interest, let us know and we can try to find you something similar.
Superb Quality Antique Victorian Mahogany Bonheur Du Jour. This beautiful Bonheur Du Jour dates from around 1895 in the Victorian period, is made from mahogany and is of superb quality. This style of antique desk originates from France where the name means “daytime delight”, by the late 1700s they were made in London and simply called a lady’s writing desk. This particular one has a pierced brass gallery above two pigeon holes and two central cupboard doors. Concealed behind the doors are three beautiful satinwood mahogany lined drawers. The lower section has a frieze drawer with key and working lock, the interior has the original sliding writing insert with original tooled leather. The antique writing desk stands on four tapering legs finished with small brass rounded feet and has a lower shaped tier. All edges are highlighted with beautiful cross banding in satinwood and have ebony string inlay.
Fine Decorative Regency Antique Writing Table / Desk. This Fine, decorative Regency Antique Writing Table / Bonheur Du Jour, Desk dates from circa, 1830 and has a decorative brass gallery above an open section to display books and flanked by eight small mahogany lined drawers with brass handles and boxwood string inlay. This beautiful desk still has the original leather writing insert sitting above a long drawer with delightful decorative brass handles and finished with box wood string inlay. It stands on fine turned legs.