Luxury Design, Past & Present
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-green speckled granite platform; rising from tapering torsade feet, the undertier dressed with a pierced bronze gallery, within turned, bronze collared and tapering fluted legs; the shaped apron having a bronze and jasperware dressed single drawer, spring operated by a concealed button, and the Egyptian granite platform enclosed within an engraved bronze trim. Signed with marques de fer, to the underside, and to one side 'Henry Dasson et Cie 1890'. The drawer contains an old typewritten notice that it was used, and favourably commented upon, by the Queen Mother in 1964.
French, dated 1890
Henry Dasson (1825-1896)
Established at 106 Rue Vielle du-Temple, Dasson was one of the most highly celebrated Parisien bronzier ébénistes. His work is renowned for the fine quality of the metalwork, utilising the designs of the ancien régime, and adapting them to conform to the needs of the times. He participated at the Expositions Universelle in 1878, receiving the laudatory critique of Louis Gonse, the Parisian arbiter of bon ton and quality, 'nouveau venu dans le carrière industrielle Henry Dasson, s'est rapidement créé par la perfection de ces oeuvres une très haute situation a laquelle nous applaudisons chaleureusement', at which he exhibited a bureau in the Louis XVI manner decorated with Japanese panels; and 1889, he was awarded the 'Grand Prix Artistique, and examples of his work were purchased by the English Royal Family. Made a chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in 1883, he was elevated to an officier in 1889, following his success at the Paris Exposition of the same year.