A Bonheur Du Jour is a type of ladies writing desk. Introduced in 1760 in Paris. These desks are light and graceful with a raised back of a cabinet, or small drawers. The back may sometimes close with a tambour, or have a fitted mirror. Early desks had slender cabriole supports but after 1775 most had straight tapering legs. Some bonheur du jours were mounted with Sevres porcelain plaques from 1766 onwards. By the mid 1770’s bonheur du jours were being made in London and named “ladies writing desks”.
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