Antique Victorian Bonheur Du Jour c.1860




We are very pleased to be able to offer our customers this Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Bonheur Du Jour which dates from around 1860.

Feast your eyes on the very fine Victorian burr walnut and marquetry that helps this lovely Bonheur Du Jour, (or Ladies writing desk), really stand out from the crowd.

The structure of this ladies writing desk comprises of a large central bay fitted with a mirror inset door and featuring a brass gallery above. Open the door to reveal a shelf, flanked by a total of three short drawers on each side.

The desk still has its original gilt tooled leather inset writing surface and is fitted with a full width frieze drawer beneath.  The Ladies writing desk stands on delightful  cabriole legs and is decorated with attractive ormolu mounts and beautiful handles.

The handles fitted to this desk are all original and it is supplied to the buyer complete with working locks and keys.


This lovely antique ladies writing desk is in very good condition having been carefully and sympathetically restored in our own workshops. You are encouraged to visit our London showrooms to fully appreciate this fine desk and to see the many others we always have on display. If you can’t make the journey please take a good look at the gallery of photographs to satisfy yourself as to the quality and workmanship of this item.


120cm high x 116cm wide x 67cm deep or, in inches:

3 feet, 11 inches high x 3 feet, 10 inches wide x 2 feet, 2 inches deep

What’s a bonheur du jour?-
(From the French, bonheur-du-jour, which translates to “daytime delight”) this is a style of writing desk designed for use by ladies, first introduced in Paris by an interior decorator known as marchands-merciers in around 1760 became fashionable very quickly.

Bonheur du jour are light and graceful items of antique furniture, usually with a decorated back because they often did not stand against the wall but could be moved about the room and look presentable wherever it was placed. One special characteristic is the popular type of raised back which sometimes forms a cabinet or a sometimes a nest of drawers or shelves, which might be closed with a tambour or which may simply be fitted with a mirror. The top of the bonhour du jour is often adorned with a chased and gilded bronze gallery which is useful for placing small objects. Underneath the writing surface there is often fitted a drawer which can often be found with fittings to store toiletries or stationery.


To almost any worldwide destination, please request a shipping quotation before placing an order.

The best way to view a delightful antique ladies writing desk like this is to see it for yourself and you can do just that by visiting our London showroom – please call in advance to check availability before making a journey as these items have a habit of selling fast.Our experts are always happy to advise on any aspect of the fine antique furniture that we offer.


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