An Exceptional and Important Kingwood and Gilt Bronze Mounted Desk Modelled After Antoine Gaudreaux's 'Commode Médallier'
An Exceptional and Important Kingwood and Gilt Bronze Mounted Desk Modelled After Antoine Gaudreaux's 'Commode Médallier'
An Exceptional and Important Kingwood and Gilt Bronze Mounted Desk Modelled After Antoine Gaudreaux's 'Commode Médallier'

HENRY DASSON (1825-1896)

An Exceptional and Important Kingwood and Gilt Bronze Mounted Desk Modelled After Antoine Gaudreaux's 'Commode Médallier'

1878 France

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An Exceptional and Important Kingwood and Gilt Bronze Mounted Desk Modelled After Antoine Gaudreaux's 'Commode Médallier' by Henry Dasson.

Stamped 'H DASSON 1878'

The commode, upon which this magnificent desk is based, was supplied by Antoine Gaudreaux, the Kings ébéniste, in 1739 to Versailles for the Cabinet Interieur of Louis XV, and employed mounts by the renowned Jacques Caffiéri.

It was designed to house the King's 'medallic history', with fourteen drawers containing medals commemorating the important events of Louis XV's reign. A purpose reflected in the gilt bronze medallions that embellished the lavish design.

The design for the Commode Médallier is attributed to Sébastien Slodtz, possibly in collaboration with his brother Paul-Ambroise. Sébastien Slodtz was one of the originators of the Rococo style, and from 1750 to 1754 he was Dessinateur de la Chambre et du Cabinet du Roi.

Slodtz and Antoine Gaudreaux are known to have produced two remarkable commodes in collaboration together, the Commode Médallier and another exceptional commode supplied for Louis XV's bedchamber, now in the Wallace collection.

Antoine Robert Gaudreaux (1680-1751) was not only ébéniste to Louis XV but also Superintendant of his buildings, and in this capacity contributed to the interior decoration of the Bibliothèque du Roi and the Tuleries Palace.

The Nineteenth Century was to see a great revival in the rococo taste and a renewed interest in the masterpieces produced during Louis XV's reign. Cabinetmakers began to create new interpretations of many of the most famous examples from the Royal Palaces, working in a sympathetic style and employing superb craftsmanship, in many cases equal to that of the original. One of the most highly praised of these workshops was that of Henry Dasson.

Dasson exhibited a number of items to great acclaim at the 1878 Paris Exposition Universelle in both the Louis XV and Louis XVI styles, as well as pieces of his own modified Eighteenth Century design.

The incredibly high costs of producing a piece as complex as this desk, with such exceptional quality and expensive bronze mounts, would prevent any nineteenth century ébéniste from taking on such a project, except as a special commission for a highly important client, or as an exhibition piece. That this desk is dated 1878 would suggest that Dasson may have created it as a 'show stopper' for the Exposition Universelle.
Meyer, Daniel: 'Versailles: Furniture of The Royal Palace', Editions Faton; Dijon 2002; p. 96 - 101.
Souchal, F: 'Les Slodtz, sculpteurs er decorateurs du Roi'; 1685-1764, Paris 1967; p. 148.
Dimensions
Height 83.00 cm (32.68 inches)
Width 170.00 cm (66.93 inches)
Depth 94.00 cm (37.01 inches)
Stock Code
B71469
Medium
Kingwood, Gilt-Bronze
Signed/Inscribed
Stamped 'H DASSON 1878'
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