English Regency Rosewood Bonheur du Jour Writing Desk
EXCEEDINGLY FINE REGENCY BRASS AND ROSEWOOD BONHEUR DU JOUR
England, circa 1820-30
Item # 604QXG18S
This Regency period writing desk is a piece that is of exceedingly exact craftsmanship, precise in joinery and design, a very finely made piece by every measure. It is designed in the French taste, an English creation inspired by contemporary works in the Louis XVI taste during the same period, but a distinctly English work with it’s intricate and inordinately high quality brass work and use of roseood. The rosewood veneers and solids are chosen with a clear eye for an active and chaotic grain, differentiating it significantly from the similar forms in mahogany and lending a certain exoticism to the surface. Primarily used as a desk for letter writing, the drawer opens, upon which the writing surface is flipped and rests upon - a tiny drawer with it’s original carved knob is tucked into the front corner of the drawer, a convenient place to store the inkwells and writing instruments. A small pair of drawers back the writing area beneath two levels of shelving, the upper shelf surrounded by a pierced brass gallery, the form a departure from the greek-key utilized in the lower gallery. The desk is entirely original, all hinges, knobs, mounts and structure remaining untouched besides the typical restorations of veneers and color. It rests over four legs turned of solid rosewood. For the serious connoisseur of the finest in English Regency, this is an exceptional selection of delicate form and inordinately high quality craftsmanship.
Measurements: 45” H x 30 1/4” W x 26 3/4” D (open); 17 5/8” D (closed)
Minor surface blemishes, shrink cracks/curves, etc. as expected from natural aging; Loss at top corner of brass gallery. Leather is early with a dry old crack where it bends. Replaced veneer on right proper side of shelf, other veneer patches. Sturdy and strong - no key.