A Rare and Important Napoléon III Gilt-Bronze and Sèvres Style Porcelain-Mounted Mahogany and Lemon Wood Bonheur Du Jour, Attributed to Édouard Kreisser,
This magnificent bonheur du jour has a cabinet superstructure above a desk base with central pullout frieze drawer fitted with a writing slide. The precious timbers are mounted with finely cast and chased gilt-bronzes and some twenty-eight Sèvres style porcelain plaques. The top of the cabinet has a central raised socle for displaying a vase, bust or object. The three cupboard doors are framed with large Sèvres style plaques: the central door with an oval plaque with an Rococo fête galante of the marriage proposal; the flanking doors with shepherdesses. The sides of the cabinet and the top of the desk with porcelain plaques en suite. The central frieze drawer with a ribbon-tied lambrequin frame enclosing a three scene porcelain plaque fronting the pullout writing slide, flanked to each side by a drawer. On four fluted tapering legs headed with ionic capitals and joined by a platform stretcher with concave from beneath a central entablature or socle.
France, Circa 1855.