A French late 19th century Louis XVI style marquetry commode by Henry Dasson
Lot 173
A French late 19th century Louis XVI style ormolu mounted amaranth, thuya and sycamore marquetry commode attributed to Henry Dasson, Paris
Sold for £54,000 (US$ 92,448) inc. premium
Lot Details
A French late 19th century Louis XVI style ormolu mounted amaranth, thuya and sycamore marquetry commode
attributed to Henry Dasson, Paris
the breakfront shaped white marble top, above a central frieze drawer, flanked to each side by a pivoted shaped drawer, the frieze with a green-stained panel and ribbon-tied floral garlands, above a central door with trellis flowerhead panel, with a shelf to the interior, flanked to each side by a curved door with similar inlay and interior, with a corinthian pilaster issuing ribbon-tied floral garlands to each corner, on scrolling acanthus toupie feet and square fluted sabots, bearing two old labels inscribed: Tubbs Bayswater Depositery/ Rosenthal Mrs, including two keys with heraldic heads figuring an eagle and the inscription Perseverantia Alta Pene, 155.5cm wide, 55cm deep, 106cm high (61" wide, 21.5" deep, 41.5" high).

Footnotes

  • A pair of identical commodes by Henry Dasson, signed and dated 1878, sold at Christie's London, 27 September 2007, lot 104 (£ 180,500).

    Although a signature could not be found on the present lot, this model of commode by Henry Dasson is well-known and can be irrefutably attributed because of the quality of the chasing and the gilding as well as the combination of the veneers and the structure of the oak carcass.
    The apron mount with scrolling acanthus and flower branches, inherited from Riesener, is typical of his work and can be seen on several meubles à hauteur d'appui, two examples are illustrated in Camille Mestdagh,L'ameublement d'art français, Archives photographiques Pierre Lécoules, p. 232 and 279.

    Henry Dasson (1825-1896) was one of the most celebrated Parisian bronzier ébénistes. His business was located at 106, rue Vieille-du-Temple, Paris. His work is renowned for the fine quality of the metalwork, ormolu and guilding. Specializing in the reproduction of the period styles of Louis XIV, XV and XVI furniture, Dasson often used to copy items whilst adding his own style. Successes at the Paris Expositions Universelles in 1878 onwards brought his work into demand on the Continent and in England where he established an elite clientele including the Royal family.


    Provenance:
    From a private British property

    Literature:
    - Camille Mestdagh: - L'ameublement d'art français, 2010.
    -'Henry Dasson (1825-1896), ébéniste et bronzier parisien', L'Estampille l'objet d'art, October 2006.
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