A FINELY PAINTED EDWARDS & ROBERTS BONHEUR DU JOUR
London, circa 1860-80; retaining original trade label and branding
Item # C103206
A very finely executed bonheur du jour retailed by the firm of Edwards & Roberts in London, it shows a careful eye towards form and function with plentiful storage and delicate lines. The cabinetwork is top-notch with precise hand cut dovetailing in the mahogany secondary woods against exquisite joinery in the rest of the cabinet. An architectural work with a distinct bent towards the Classical, the cabinet is defined by the central section with its pillars raising arched valances before a mirrored backdrop; the middle shelf is bordered with a reticulated gallery (with small losses to the tiny columns). This is flanked by cabinet doors painted with scenes of garland draped putto, opening to reveal shelved space over single floral painted drawers. The integral upper section steps back from the lower section, which follows the curvatures of its upper counterpart beautifully. This is characterized by a pair of taller drawers flanking a pair of broad central drawers, each with gorgeous original scenes of angelic figures and symmetrical floral displays. The whole is raised over delicate tapering and outward splaying legs joined by an x-form stretcher with a floral bouquet painted display on the ovular medial. The drawer retains the incised bone trade placard noting "Edwards & Roberts, Wardour St., 126, Piccadilly, 532, Oxford St., London” while being stamped "Made in England" and "Edwards & Roberts” along the front edge. Their shop is well known for its excellent taste and inordinately high quality, the collection often focused around the newest interpretations of the Adam’s taste with precise marquetry and painted surface decoration.
For the connoisseur of very fine English works, this is an excellent selection.
Measurements: 37 7/8” W x 15 1/2” D x 54 7/8” H
The rear legs have lost some joint strength and have an inward cant that should eventually be restored - it is priced very competitively in light of this needed repair; it remains perfectly enjoyable though as-is if placed against the wall for safety. Some chipping/losses, age appropriate finish wear; scrolled return of proper front left leg retained.