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Henry Dasson (1825-1896) was one of the finest makers of gilt-bronze mounted furniture in the nineteenth century. Unlike other cabinetmakers of this time Dasson started his career as a bronze sculptor, and for this reason one of the characteristics of his work is the great quality of his bronze and more precisely of the chiselling.


With a workshop established in Paris at 106 rue Vieille-du-Temple, he specialised predominantly in the production of Louis XIV, XV and XVI style furniture using the very finest gilt-bronze mounts.


In 1871, he purchased the flourishing business and remaining stock of Charles-Guillaume Winckelsen, who had established a reputation for furniture of the highest quality. Dasson almost certainly inherited the craft of ciseleur from Winckelsen.


At the 1878 and 1889 Paris Expositions Universelles Dasson exhibited a number of pieces in the Louis XV and XVI styles, as well as pieces of his own modified eighteenth-century design. The exhibits in 1878 included a table entirely in gilt-bronze, purchased by Lord Dudley. His copy of the celebrated Bureau du Roi sold at the same exhibition to Lady Ashburton.


Dasson ceased production in 1894, and at this time held a sale of his models, listed in 'Catalogues of drawings for art bronzes, style furniture and important decoration with rights of reproduction by Henry Dasson et Cie, manufacturer of art bronzes and cabinetmaker as a result of cessation of production..' The records from this sale show that Paul Sormani, as well as Joseph Emmanuel Zweiner, Maison Millet and Beurdeley acquired certain drawings and models by Dasson.


Jonathan Meyer illustrates a number of exceptional items exhibited by Dasson in 1889 in his book on the Great Exhibitions.


Makers Bibliography:


Camille Mestdagh, Pierre Lécoules (2010) : L'Ameublement d'art français : 1850-1900, Editions de l'Amateur.


Ledoux-Lebard, Denise (1984), Les Ebénistes du XIXème siècle; pp. 146 - 151.


Meyer, Jonathan (2006), Great Exhibitions - London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge; p. 269, pls. H7, H8, H10: p. 270, pl, H12, Editions de l'Amateur, (Paris), 2010.

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HENRY DASSON (1825-1896)
A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Side Cabinet
A Very Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Side Cabinet by Henry Dasson. This fine side cabinet has a moulded brèche violette ma...
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HENRY DASSON (1825-1896)
A fine porphyry, gilt and patinated bronze three piece clock set by H. Dasson
Comprising a central clock and a pair of flanking three light candelabra, the clock with circular dial in an ormolu case held aloft by a putti on ...
£28000
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
HENRY DASSON (1825-1896)
A gilt and patinated bronze mantel clock by Henry Dasson
Modelled with a seated putto holding a pen and paper engraved with a kneeling figure, the putto leaning against a pedestal fronted by a 4 inch enam...
£15000
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HENRY DASSON (1825-1896)
A Louis XVI style round side table by Henry Dasson
After a model by Adam Weisweiler (French, c. 1750 - after 1810) Mahogany, burlwood and gilt bronze with marble top, the legs designed as bamboo ...
£9500
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
HENRY DASSON (1825-1896)
A marble mounted gilt and patinated bronze three piece clock set
Comprising a central cercle tournant clock and a pair of flanking cassolettes, the clock modelled as three full length standing female figures hold...
£95000
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HENRY DASSON (1825-1896)
A Pair of Louis XVI Style Corner Cabinets in the Manner of Adam Weisweiler
A Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Corner Cabinets in the Manner of Adam Weisweiler, By Henry Dasson. Each cabinet having a...
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HENRY DASSON (1825-1896)
An Exceptional and Important Kingwood and Gilt Bronze Mounted Desk Modelled Afte...
An Exceptional and Important Kingwood and Gilt Bronze Mounted Desk Modelled After Antoine Gaudreaux's 'Commode Médallier' by Henry Dasson. Sta...
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HENRY DASSON (1825-1896)
An Occasional Table By Henry Dasson et Cie
Of rectangular form, constructed in mahogany, adorned with bronze mounts, a jasperware plaque in the Wedgwood manner, and having an Egyptian sea-gr...
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HENRY DASSON (1825-1896)
An Unusual Boulle, Tortoiseshell and Brass Inlaid, Marquetry Gueridon
An Unusual Boulle, Tortoiseshell and Brass Inlaid, Marquetry Gueridon By Henry Dasson. This rare gueridon has a gilt-bronze banded circular top,...
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HENRY DASSON (1825-1896)
Barometer and Thermometer after the model by André-Charles Boulle By Henry Dasso...
A Very Fine Barometer and Thermometer after the model by André-Charles Boulle By Henry Dasson Constructed in première-partie Boulle marquetry...
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HENRY DASSON (1825-1896)
Chinoiserie and Ormolu Side Table in the Louis XVI Manner
A Fine Side Table in the Louis XVI Manner By Henry Dasson of Paris Of rectangular form, constructed in amboyna and mahogany dressed with chinoi...
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HENRY DASSON (1825-1896)
Commode with Japanese Black Lacquer Panels
A Magnificent Louis XVI Style Commode Attributed to Henry Dasson of Paris Of gentle break-front form having radiused corners, being constructed ...
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HENRY DASSON (1825-1896)
French Floral Marquetry and Ormolu Secrétaire a Violinné
A Finely Executed Secrétaire a Violinné Attributed to Henry Dasson Constructed in quarter veneered kingwood, decorated with high quality flor...
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HENRY DASSON (1825-1896)
Important 19th Century French Side Cabinet with Painted Court Scenes
An Important Side Cabinet by Henry Dasson, Dated 1884 Constructed in amboyna and mahogany, with boxwood and ebony stringing, dressed with fine o...
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