Small writing desk (bonheur-du-jour)
Martin Carlin French
Porcelain plaques by Sèvres Manufactory French
Decorator Jean-Jacques Pierre the Younger French
Not on view
The 1795 inventory of furniture belonging to Louis XVI's sister-in-law, Marie-Thérèse of Savoy, comtesse d'Artois (1756–1805), gives a description of a similar desk, or bonheur du jour, which may refer to this piece. The drawer has a compartment that originally held an inkwell, a sponge trough, and box for sand. Its hinged writing surface could be lifted up, and writing implements could be stored underneath.
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