Bonheur du jour

Workshop of Alphonse Giroux et CieCa. 1860

Museo Nacional del Romanticismo

Museo Nacional del Romanticismo
Madrid, Spain

This bonheur du jour belonged to Carolina Coronado, one of the most important Spanish Romantic writers, whose poems were collected in Poesías (1843). / This type of writing desk comes from France and England and follows the types of bureaux at the court of Louis XV. In particular, this piece may have come from the workshop of Alphonse Giroux et Cie., due to similarities with other bureaux bearing his name. This Parisian firm specialised in the sale of light furniture and was an outstanding maker for its designs and marquetry work. / It is a piece markedly feminine in nature that combines the functions of writing desk and container. It has a public and private use and is linked to the development of letter writing, with the exchange of letters, invitations and cards.


  • Title: Bonheur du jour
  • Creator: Workshop of Alphonse Giroux et Cie
  • Date Created: Ca. 1860
  • Physical Dimensions: w93 x h134.5 x d52 cm
  • Type: Furniture
  • Rights: Museo Nacional del Romanticismo
  • External Link: CERES
  • Medium: Carved, assembled and inlaid work on wood; melted and gilted bronze
  • Cultural Context: Romanticism

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