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A French 19th century Belle Époque period ebony, ormolu, Japanese black lacquer and Rosso Levanto marble commode, stamped by Dasson

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A sensational and extremely high quality French 19th century Louis XV st. Belle Époque period ebony, ormolu, Japanese black lacquer and Rosso Levanto marble two door commode, stamped by Henry Dasson. The chest is raised by impressive cabriole legs with... — Read More

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  • Item # 11001
  • H: 36.25 in L: 62 in D: 26.25 in

    H: 92 cm L: 157 cm D: 67 cm

  • France
  • 19th Century
  • Ebony, Japanese Lacquer, Marble/Stone, Ormolu
  • Belle Époque Read More, Louis XV st. Read More
  • (Belle Époque) - Gaining its name from the optimistic and peaceful period of time between 1871 and World War I, Belle Epoque means “beautiful period”, and occurred during the era of the Third French Republic. This period of economic, colonial, and scientific prosperity brought with it a flourishing artistic climate with numerous literal, musical, theatrical, and visual masterpieces being created. The Eiffel Tower, which was constructed between 1887 and 1889, served as the entrance to the World’s Fair held in Paris. That same year, the Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris was founded and showcased the now more mainstream styles of performance including can-can dancing. Belle Epoque dancers and singers were Paris celebrities and became immortalized by the poster arts of Toulouse-Lautrec. Leading up to this period in 1865, the American Civil War was coming to a close, with France proposing to construct the Statue of Liberty as a joint effort with the United States. France would be responsible for the statue, with America constructing the pedestal. Created to celebrate the nation’s success in building a viable democracy, the statue would stand as a symbol of friendship between the French and American people.
    (Louis XV st.) - Also known as Louis Quinze or Rocaille, this style followed the traditions of French décor, until it took on a life and look of its own with decorations and motifs becoming more exuberant. The style was heavily influenced by the mistress of Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour, and marked the beginning of the Rococo movement. In his old age, from 1750 – 1774, Louis XV showed more signs of constraint in his design style and this period showed more signs of French Neoclassicism.
  • Henry Dasson Read More
  • 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.
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