19th century Bonheur du Jours attributed to John Maclean

19th century Bonheur du Jours attributed to John Maclean
Circa 1810
A fine pair of rosewood Bonheur du Jours each having a rectangular top with pierced gallery with turned and ring collared brass column supports with vase finials. Each with pierced geometric panels of gilt-brass above a shelf fitted with two drawers. Each single drawer (his and hers) is beautifully fitted and lined in red and dark blue Moroccan leather. A further smaller area for pens and ink wells, and flanked by 'match striker' tablets, the turned tapered legs with parcel gilt ring turned collars and with brass cap castors are joined by a stretcher shelf at the front and with scrolled bracket supports. Mounted throughout with gilt-brass beading, the reverse also veneered with false drawers and mounted similarly.

This pair of Bonheur du Jour can be firmly attributed to the workshops of John McLean and Son (1770-1825), its design and gilt-metal ornament conforming in design and execution to other similar labelled examples including an example illustrated in Furniture History - The Journal of the Furniture History Society, 1978, vol. XIV, Simon Redburn, 'John McLean and Son', pp. 31-37.


31.89 inches
44.29 inches
18.70 inches
United Kingdom
Rosewood and ormolu

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