Sheraton Period Mahogany Veneered Bonheur du Jour
Inlaid throughout with carefully selected panels of West Indian satinwood. The superstructure having a shelf above five drawers which have ivory handles; in the base is a drawer with a baize lined writing slope which slides back to reveal compartments for ink wells; raised on slender square tapering legs which are inlaid with satinwood to simulate fluting. The Bonheur du Jour retains its original handles and an excellent colour and patina.
This Bonheur du Jour is a classic example of Sheraton period furniture. The cabinet's design owes its inspiration to Plate 25 in Thomas Sheraton's Drawing Book and its well chosen satinwood inlays and clean elegant lines are typical of the finest late 18th Century furniture. The simulation of fluting to the base and legs with satinwood inlays is typical of the work of John Linnell. Linnell was one of the leading cabinet-makers of late 18th London and this motif can be seen on furniture he supplied to Alnwick Castle and Osterley Park.
Sheraton Furniture Fastenedge, R.
William and John Linnell Hayward, H. and Kirkham, P.