An Excellent Quality Late 19th Century Louis XVI Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Commode/Server By Henry Dasson
Item # VB30
Henry Dasson – After Benneman and Stockel
The demi-lune grey and white marble top above a central frieze drawer mounted with bows and quivers enterwined with flowering branches, flanked Apollo masks applied with flower-filled vases and two curved drawers with scrolling ivy and roses, over a cupboard door designed with a floral wreath opening to three interior drawers, with two mirror-backed marble shelves hung with tasseled drapes, on a bell-flower and patera-mounted base with fluted toupie fee.
Signed Henry Dasson 1893 to the right of the bronze rim.
After the very famous 18th century model by Benneman and Stockel.
The design for the present commode à l’anglaise is a 19th century variation of a model originally conceived by Joseph Stöckel for Marie-Antoinette in 1786 and later modified by Guillaume Benneman for the chambre de la Reine at St. Cloud. Guillaume Benneman was one of Marie-Antoinette’s preferred ébénistes who created splendid and profusely-mounted furniture during the ancien régime for Versailles, the Tuileries and Saint-Cloud. This popular model was reproduced by a number of preeminent 19th-century cabinetmakers, including François Linke, Alfred Beurdeley and Henry Dasson.
Henry Dasson was considered one of the finest makers of gilt bronze mounted furniture in the nineteenth Century. He established a workshop at 106 rue Vieille-du-Temple, Paris, and specialised in the production of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI style furniture using the very finest ormolu mounts with the highest quality mercury gilding. In 1871, Dasson purchase Charles-Guillaume Winckelsen business and remaining stock.
Dasson exhibited at the 1878 and 1889 Paris Exhibition. He displayed 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.
Height – 37 inches / 94cm
Width – 76 inches / 193cm
Depth – 28 inches / 71cm