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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 Ebenistes du XIXeme 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.

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HENRY DASSON (born 1825)
Five Light Sconces By Henry Dasson
A Great Pair of Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze Five Light Sconces By Henry Dasson Each centered by a bearded male mask, downward scale cast ca...
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HENRY DASSON (born 1825)
A Fine Combination Wall Clock, Barometer and Thermometer
A Fine Gilt-Bronze Mounted Boulle, Ebony and Ebonised Combination Wall Clock, Barometer and Thermometer. The clock is surmounted by a winged mal...
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HENRY DASSON (born 1825)
A Fine Elephant Mantel Clock
A Fine And Unusual Gilt and Patinated Bronze Elephant Mantel Clock by Henry Dasson. Clocks by Dasson whilst not rare, usually are in the Louis X...
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HENRY DASSON (born 1825)
A Fine Pair of Gilt-Bronze Three-Light Wall-Appliqués
A Fine Pair of Gilt-Bronze Three-Light Wall-Appliqués by ‘Henry Dasson’. This fine pair of gilt-bronze appliqués each have a central herm...
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HENRY DASSON (born 1825)
A Magnificent Pair of Louis XVI Style Lacquer and Ebony Commodes
A Magnificent and Highly Important Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Lacquer and Ebony Veneered Commodes by Henry Dasson. Each commode...
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HENRY DASSON (born 1825)
A Rare and Unusual Bronze Putti and Cornucopia Vase
A Rare and Unusual Bronze Putti and Cornucopia Vase by Henry Dasson. This unusual vase has a marble base with three patinated putti in the for...
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HENRY DASSON (born 1825)
An Exceptional Pair of Gilt-Bronze Four-Light Figural Wall Appliqués
An Exceptional Pair of Gilt-Bronze Four-Light Figural Wall Appliqués Depicting Flora and Zephyr, by Henry Dasson et Cie. These unusual appliqu...
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HENRY DASSON (born 1825)
Exceptional Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze Chandelier by Henry Dasson
An exceptional late 19th century gilt bronze six-light chandelier By Henry Dasson With three large bronze cherubs playing horns, the neck wit...
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Charles Cheriff Galleries, Ltd.
HENRY DASSON (born 1825)
Exceptional Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze-Mounted Commode by Henry Dasson
An exceptional late 19th century gilt bronze mounted Louis XVI style commode. By Henry Dasson A marble top above a frieze set with three draw...
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Charles Cheriff Galleries, Ltd.
HENRY DASSON (born 1825)
Fantastic Quality Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze Mounted Louis XVI Style Malachit...
Fantastic Quality Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze Mounted Louis XVI Style Malachite Center Table By Henry Dasson 1891 Decorative malachite top ab...
US$150,000
Charles Cheriff Galleries, Ltd.
HENRY DASSON (born 1825)
Lacquer Commode by Dasson
Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze Mounted Louis XV Style Lacquer Commode. Signed Henry Dasson 1870.
US$85,000
Charles Cheriff Galleries, Ltd.