A French 19th Century Louis XV St. Kingwood, Ormolu, Coromandel And Marble Commode, Attributed To Dasson
Item # 9445
A sensational French 19th century Louis XV st. kingwood, ormolu, Coromandel and marble commode, attributed to Henri Dasson. The chest is raised by elegant slightly curved legs with richly chased wrap around ormolu sabots. Ormolu chutes lead up each leg to stunning large scrolled foliate corner mounts in a rich satin and burnished finish. At the center are two drawers, Sans Traverse (without crossbar), showcasing the high level of craftsmanship. Each drawer displays masterfully executed Coromandel framed in a striking scrolled foliate ormolu band with one pierced ormolu keyhole escutcheon. At each side is a beautiful and most decorative sunburst design. The original Brèche d'Àlep marble top follows the shape of the commode, with rounded corners and a fine double mottled border.
Henry Dasson (1825–1896) was a renowned 19th century Parisian maker of gilt-bronze mounted furniture. Unlike other cabinetmakers
of the time Dasson began his career as a bronze sculptor, and consequently one characteristic of his work is the quality of his bronze and more precisely of the chasing. Dasson specialized in the production of Louis XIV, XV and XVI style furniture using the finest gilt-bronze mounts, and was recognized as a brilliant ‘ébéniste and bronzier’. He participated in the 1878 Paris Exposition Universelle and exhibited a number of pieces in the Louis XV and XVI styles, as well as pieces of his own modified 18th century designs. Including a table entirely in gilt-bronze, purchased by Lord Dudley. His copy of the celebrated ‘Bureau du Roi’ sold to Lady Ashburton.
His works prompted critic Louis Gonse to comment: “newcomer Henri Dasson is rapidly rising to great heights through the perfection of his high quality creations, we warmly applaud him”
Dasson was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in 1883 and was awarded the Grand Prix Artistique at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle.