Charles Guillaume Diehl designed furniture with beautifully shaped ormolu gallery of this Napoleon III Louis XVI Revival Bonheur Du Jour, gracefully curves outwards and is inset with fretted heart shapes. The upper section set either side with ormolu mounted fluted pilasters, aside two doors both individually set with masculine & feminine central marquetry panels of supreme quality, as you would expect from the master E. Varlot.
The colours incorporated in the inlay are outstanding. Opening to reveal the double top & bottom lock, engraved with Diehl’s furniture mark and address. Internally veneered in Rosewood of the richest colour with one shelf. With two drawers below the doors, both veneered on the inside with Sycamore, one fitted for inkwells.
The ormolu edged writing flap again centrally set with both a male & female figure now seated, holding hands with the lady holding a Mandolin, a true sign of happiness & love. The writing flap opening to reveal the original richly tooled velvet leather surface. The stand with one central frieze drawer, again lined inside with Rosewood and with a top & bottom lock. On ormolu-mounted fluted legs.
Incorporating the finest & rarest veneers and timbers of the time, including Harewood, Thuya, Purpleheart, Palm Wood & Tulipwood.