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George III Hepplewhite Period Satinwood Veneered Bonheur Du Jour

George III Hepplewhite Period Satinwood Veneered Bonheur Du Jour



circa 1785

This is an exceptional example of 18th century English furniture. The well-figured and lustrous golden West Indian satinwood is of the finest quality. The arch-shaped satinwood top with kingwood bandings outlines the entire top section. The satinwood veneered shelves are graduated and supported on the original gilt brass columns and finished off with cast urns. The recess in the centre of the superstructure is flanked by satinwood veneered doors. The cupboards to the top section conceal satinwood drawers with the original gilt brass 'axe head' handles. The door fronts are stunning with 'cartouche' satinwood panels framed and cross banded with tulipwood, ebony and boxwood stringing with well figured oversized kingwood banding and then framed with a bold boxwood line. The solid ebony moulding makes a defining feature between top and bottom between the superstructure and writing table. The door design is mirrored to the top surface of the Bonheur Du Jour and is repeated once more to the drawer front that is flanked by boxwood and ebony inset padouk panels. These panels conceal lopers that pull out to support the writing surface. The hinged writing surface is concealed and opens out revealing a recently re-covered maroon baized top. The full length cedar lined drawer has its original gilt brass ring pulled handles and cast back-plates. The drawer with a concealed metamorphic ink and pen well and a drawer divider are in full working order. The inset padouk panels are repeated to the side and sit above a bold boxwood and ebony stringing. The bonheur du jour stands on solid shaped satinwood legs with ebonised ring turnings which terminate on the original gilt brass castors.

We have mentioned Gillow as being possibly responsible for making this piece of furniture because of the use of top quality veneers, the exceptional workmanship and its proportions. The leg detail is known to have been used by Gillow. The design and influence is almost certainly Hepplewhite.


The origin of the term 'bonjour-du-jour' to describe a lady's small writing table with a cabinet of shelves or drawers above, is obscure but this very feminine type of furniture was developed in France in the mid 18th century and became popular in England towards the end of the century.


Height 147.00cm (57.87 inches)

Width 92.00cm (36.22 inches)

Depth 46.00cm (18.11 inches)

Stock No: F548


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