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18th Century Bonheur Du Jour Desk Stamped Cramer in Mahogany Veneer



18th century "Bonheur du jour" Desk Stamped Mathieu-Guillaume CRAMER in mahogany Elegant desk called "Bonheur du jour" "happiness of the day" in mahogany veneer on all sides and green leather top. Double stamp of the master cabinetmaker Mathieu-Guillaume CRAMER, received master in 1771. Beside the stamps of the master, we also find the JME, Jurande des maîtres ébénistes, stamp of the cabinetmaker masters' corporation. 18th century furniture, Louis XVI period and style. Dimensions (Height/Width/Depth): 97 x 63.5 x 42.5 cm To note: Slight crack on the back of the furniture (see photo). Artist exhibited at the Louvre Museum and the Nassim de Camondo Museum in Paris. Form : Desk with a step called "Bonheur du jour"/"happiness of the day" mounted on 4 tapered legs. Openings : A drawer in the belt. The shelf opens with two leaves. The first leaf reveals a locker and two small drawers. The second flap reveals a locker. In the center of the shelf, a locker and a drawer with its writing accessories (inkwell, powder case..) Ornaments : Gallery of openwork brass. Framing of gilded pearl nets on the cheeks of the furniture, the doors and the front of the drawer in belt. Entrance of the lock enrubannée with garlands of flowers. Decorated mounts and clogs at the feet of the furniture. Marble : Veined white marble top surrounded by a gallery on three sides. Top : Green leather top framed with a classic plant motif gilded with small irons. (Condition of use - see photo). Marquetry : Mahogany veneer on all sides. >> CRAMER Mathieu-Guillaume (1771) Originally from Germany, Mathieu-Guillaume CRAMER arrived in Paris and obtained his master's degree in cabinet making in 1771. At first, he set up his workshop on rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, then moved to rue du Bac until the end of his career as a cabinetmaker.  His work is mainly characterized by furniture in the Louis XVI style, but there are also very beautiful pieces of furniture in the Transition style. We find many small pieces of furniture very architectural: small tables type game tables, tea tables, writing tables, but also travel desks, corner tables, dressing tables, toilet kits ... Meticulous, he distinguishes himself in the luxury cabinet making. He used precious wood species with furniture made of mahogany and rosewood veneer. He is known in particular for his rosette marquetry decorations on a yellow wood background (lemon tree or tinted maple). Very close to the cabinetmaker Martin Carlin, he also collaborates with the tablemaker Compigné who decorates some of his furniture with painting under glass. CRAMER's furniture can be found in the Louvre Museum and the Nissim de Camondo Museum in Paris. >> What is a "Bonheur du jour" / "Happiness of the day" ? This small piece of furniture appeared in the 18th century during the Transition period. Originally, it called itself "small table with gallery", or "high gallery writing desk", but these names were quickly forgotten. Indeed, the "Happiness of the day" being a piece of furniture provided with drawers and sometimes with various small hiding places, the ladies of the time could hide letters and small objects there which were their "happiness of the day".


  • Creator
    Mathieu-Guillaume Cramer (Cabinetmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 38.19 in. (97 cm)Width: 25.2 in. (64 cm)Depth: 16.93 in. (43 cm)
  • Style
    Louis XVI (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    18th Century
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Cleaning of the furniture and the bronzes, removal of old varnish and traditional stamp revarnishing.
  • Seller Location
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5673223466802

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    Ships From: EVREUX, France
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