An important and fine Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted vert maurin marble three piece garniture<br>attributed to Henry Dasson (French, XXXX-XXXX)<br>third quarter 19th century
Lot 8313AW
An important and fine Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted campan vert marble three piece garniture "aux amours enchaînés"
attributed to Henry Dasson
third quarter 19th century
Sold for US$ 67,300 inc. premium

Lot Details
An important and fine Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted vert maurin marble three piece garniture<br>attributed to Henry Dasson (French, XXXX-XXXX)<br>third quarter 19th century An important and fine Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted vert maurin marble three piece garniture<br>attributed to Henry Dasson (French, XXXX-XXXX)<br>third quarter 19th century
Property of a southern lady
An important and fine Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted campan vert marble three piece garniture "aux amours enchaînés"
attributed to Henry Dasson
third quarter 19th century
Comprising an oval centerpiece and two covered brûle-parfums.
centerpiece: height 18in (45.5cm); width 18in (45.5cm); depth 12in (30.5cm)
brûle-parfums: height 26in (66cm); diameter 11in (28cm)

Footnotes

  • Henry Dasson (1825-1896) was among the most successful and esteemed furniture and bronze makers of the second half of the 19th century. First recorded in the Paris business almanac in 1858 as a maker of bronze clock parts, Dasson soon extended his activities to include gilt bronze mounts for furniture and decorative objects. In 1867 he purchased the stock of bronzier Carl Drechsler, thus also obtaining the models and stock of the celebrated bronzemaker Charles Crozatier, whose atelier Drechsler had taken over some years earlier. Four years later, Dasson's purchase of the stock and manufacturing materials of ébéniste Charles-Guillaume Winckelsen enabled him to announce the creation of a firm specializing in the fabrication of meubles de luxe.

    Dasson now possessed the means to control every aspect of the creation and marketing of gilt bronze mounted furniture and objets d'art, from the design to the finished product, including showrooms for direct sales to the public. His firm enjoyed immense success, and his five workshops were kept busy supplying illustrious clients such as Czar Alexander II of Russia, Queen Victoria, the comtesse de Biencourt (whose collection now forms an important part of the Musée des arts décoratifs in Lyon); the Baron Stieglitz Museum in St. Petersburg (today the Museum of Applied Art); as well as important European and American clients such as the Rothschilds and the Vanderbilts.

    In the Paris Exposition Universelle Internationale of 1878, Dasson won the gold medal and assured his reputation as one of the world's premier luxury furniture makers. He began to be mentioned in the same context as already established giants such as Beurdeley, Fourdinois and Grohé. Along with Beurdeley, he would henceforth serve as the standard to which other bronze and furniture makers would be measured.

    Upon Henry Dasson's retirement in 1894, he elected to sell his bronze models and other stock at auction. The sale lasted for eight days, and his bronze models were purchased by the leading furniture and bronze makers of the day, including Zwiener, Krieger, Beurdeley, Linke, Baguès, and Sormani.

    The quality and finesse of execution of the gilt bronze elements in the offered example, the originality of the motifs employed, and the choice of fine marble all indicate the work of a master bronzier such as Dasson.

    Literature:
    Camille Mestdagh, L'ameublement d'art francais 1850-1900, les Editions de l'amateur, Paris, 2010 (biographical information)
    Cf. ibid, fig. 147 (p. 134) and fig. 281 (p. 239) for objects of comparable execution
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