Desk (bonheur du jour)


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The idea for this type, with a raised partition in the back, was conceived in Franec about 1750. Extensively used by lady letterwriters, it received the coquettish name bonheur-du-jour. The plain, elegant lines of this example are set off by exceptionally fine, characteristically English marquetry.

Desk (bonheur du jour), Wood, ivory, gilt bronze
Carcass woods:  mahogany and oak, with mahogany drawer linings
Veneer woods include satinwood, mahogany, yewwood,  tulipwood, rosewood, partridegewood (?), walnut, green-stained sycamore, and boxwood stringing, British

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