Lady desk said ‘Bonheur du Jour’
Louis XVI period, Parisian work, circa 1780
Stamped Jacques-Laurent COSSON
Bonheur du jour based on tapered legs and fluted, wearing high shoes finely chiseled in bronze water leaves and wearing rings denticles.
This piece of furniture called ‘bonheur du jour’, typical of very feminine productions of the late eighteenth century, could at the same time serve as extra office, dressing table, small cabinet with shelves presentation and marble top.
It opens with five drawers, a writing desk with leather trimmed zipper and a sash decorated with a mirror to the original mercury. All solid Mahogany veneer and even decorated with thin strips of bronze-row pearls framing drawers. The plateau is surrounded by a beautiful molded astragalus.
The drawer pull knob on the bench offers a rare quality of carving and just like all the bronzes of this piece determines undeniably great qulité manufacturing.
The bench supports a tablet blabnc Carrara marble surrounded by a gallery of pierced gilt bronze.