Porcelain and ormolu mounted parquetry bonheur du jour by Ross

By Ross, Donald (British, 1830-1916)


Featuring the parquetry trellis work distinctive of his oeuvre, this beautiful bonheur du jour desk was crafted by the English maker Donald Ross.


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This beautiful bonheur du jour, a type of desk popular among ladies in high society France, particular during the time of Louis XVI, was made by the leading and renowned English maker Donald Ross (1830-1916) around the time of the late nineteenth century. Although he rarely ever signed his pieces, they are all instinctly recognisable for their high quality and his characteristic parquetry-trellis decoration that adorns large sections of his works.

Translating roughly as 'daytime delight,' desks like these are largely executed in a Neoclassical Louis XVI style, as shown here, although the present example showcases Ross's unique working practices and plaques of Sèvres style porcelain, that help accentuate its light and graceful qualities. The dot trellis parquetry inlay is what makes it a Ross, and examples of this work are in the V&A museum in London. 

The piece consists of a central door which is mounted with a Sèvres style porcelain plaque, and is flanked with a trio of drawers to each side, just above the main desk space. It is further embellished with exquisite ormolu mounts.


Artist / Maker
By Ross, Donald (British, 1830-1916)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Neoclassical, Sèvres, Victorian
Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Parquetry, Porcelain
Blue, Brown, Gold, Multi-coloured


136 cm / 53.5 inches
108 cm / 42.5 inches
62 cm / 24.4 inches


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