An extremely rare and superb quality pair of early 19th century Regency ormolu mounted rosewood bonheur du jour attributable to John McLean. The lift-off tops fitted with two drawers with egg and dart beading with pierced panels of gilt brass and a galleried shelf above. The bases having ormolu banding and a long single drawer in the frieze; on circular tapering gilt brass capped legs terminating in brass castors. Note: A single bonheur by McLean can be found in the well-documented collection of Jon Gerstenfeld, Washington DC.
Literature: Margaret Jourdain, ‘Regency Furniture 1795-1820’, 1949, p.78m, fig.182; a similar single example by the same maker. Edward Lennow-Boyd (ed.), ‘Masterpieces of English Furniture; The Gerstenfeld Collection’, 1998, p. 46, pl. 53.
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