REF NO : B77070

Henry Dasson

A Magnificent Louis XIV Style ‘Boulle’ Centre Table

Francia, alrededor de 1880

£85,000

A Magnificent Louis XIV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Ebonised and Cut-Gilt-Brass Inlaid ‘Boulle’ Centre Table, By Henry Dasson, Paris. The circular...

Dimensiones

Height: 79 cm (32 in)
Diameter: 128 cm (51 in)
REF NO : B77070

Descripción

A Magnificent Louis XIV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Ebonised and Cut-Gilt-Brass Inlaid ‘Boulle’ Centre Table, By Henry Dasson, Paris.

The circular green marble top inset within a gilt-bronze surround cast in relief with a repeating fleur-de-lis pattern. The frieze panels each with gilt-bronze frame enclosing a scarlet red ‘Boulle’ panel with cut-brass swept acanthus and husk-chain arabesques around a gilt-bronze mask of Apollo wreathed in laurel. One side fitted with a drawer. Supported on four square tapering legs with gadrooned capitals and ‘Boulle’ marquetry repeated on the arched stretcher arms. The centre of the stretcher with a knop baluster finial. Raised on toupie feet cast with leaves.

Stamped ‘HENRY DASSON’ to the underside.

Stamped metal inventory label to inside of drawer ‘RK 0317’

Francia, alrededor de 1880.

 

This large circular centre table is a magnificent example of Henry Dasson’s mastery of the ‘Boulle’ technique. It can be compared to ‘Boulle’ tables that Dasson made for Sir Richard Wallace at Hertford House, of Wallace Collection fame.

Dasson is primarily thought of as a copyist of the highest order, making supremely fine furniture after important eighteenth-century models in the Louis XIV, XV and XVI styles. He also however interpreted the French historical styles to create new designs which captured the essence of ancien regime furniture, yet updated it for late nineteenth century tastes. In this way, the present table evokes the Louis XIV’s style of André-Charles Boulle, but details such as the elongated arched stretcher supports and the large scale of the table, identify it as a creation from the 1870/90s.

Dasson’s mastery of the ‘Boulle’ technique is revealed by the sales of his models and pattern books held following the cessation of his business. The 1ère Vente H. Dasson et Cie., held 9-12 October 1894 of ‘Modèles pour bronzes d’art, Meubles de Style et Grand Décoration’ includes mention of at least ten pieces after ‘Boulle’ including # 369 ‘Grand Armoire Louis XIV de Boulle’ from the Mobilier National, # 390 ‘Commode Louis XIV par Boulle’ from the Château de Fontainebleu and # 439 ‘Grand Table Louis XIV, marquetry de Boulle’ for the Collection Richard Wallace. Another sale of Dasson’s modèles was held ten days later, 23-27 October 1894, and included more pieces in the style of Boulle.

‘Boulle’ furniture by Dasson is most prized and brings high prices. A pair of ‘Boulle’ marquetry cabinets sold recently at auction for 448,100 euros (Sotheby’s, Paris, 30 June 2021, lot 130). Closely related to the present centre table, is a rectangular writing table in a private collection. It has similar marquetry frieze and legs and is signed and dated 1879.

A related table by Henry Dasson, dated 1879 (Private Collection).

 

ANDRÉ-CHARLES BOULLE
Arguably the greatest cabinetmaker of all time, and certainly the most influential, André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732) is credited with inventing the technique of veneering furniture with marquetry of brass and pewter inlaid into turtle shell, which has become synonymous with his name. Boulle was already a master cabinetmaker by 1666, and was appointed ‘Ebéniste, Ciseleur, Doreur et Sculpteur’ to Louis XIV in 1672.

Amongst those employed in Boulle’s atelier was Jean Mariette, whose ‘Nouveaux Deisseins de Meubles et Ouvrages de Bronze et de Marqueterie Inventés et gravés par André-Charles Boulle’, published in 1707, depicts various prime examples of Boulle’s work at that time and helped assure his legacy as a reference work which informed later cabinetmakers.

‘Nouveaux Deisseins de Meubles et Ouvrages de Bronze et de Marqueterie Inventés et gravés par André Charles Boulle’, circa 1720 (© Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

Boulle furniture was made by his sons A-C. Boulle the younger (1685-1745) and Charles-Joseph Boulle (d. 1754) and their pupil Etienne Levasseur (1721-1798) who specialized in copying and repairing Boulle furniture and his stamp appears on many Louis XIV pieces. In the nineteenth century the Boulle technique was employed by English makers such as Robert Blake, ‘cabinet inlayer and buhl manufacturer’, and in France by many celebrated ébénistes, notably Henry Dasson (1825-1896).

 

Fecha

Alrededor de 1880

Origen

Francia

Medio

Incrustación de marquetería Boulle

Firma

Stamped 'HENRY DASSON' to the underside.

Henry Dasson

Henry Dasson (1825-1896) fue uno de los mejores fabricantes de muebles montados en bronce dorado del siglo XIX. A diferencia de otros ebanistas de esta época, Dasson comenzó su carrera como escultor de bronce, y por ello una de las características de su obra es la gran calidad de su bronce y, más concretamente, del cincelado.

Con un taller establecido en París, en el número 106 de la rue Vieille-du-Temple, se especializó principalmente en la producción de muebles de estilo Luis XIV, XV y XVI, utilizando las mejores monturas de bronce dorado.

En 1871, compró el floreciente negocio y las existencias restantes de Charles-Guillaume Winckelsen, que se había ganado una reputación de muebles de la más alta calidad. Es casi seguro que Dasson heredó el oficio de ciseleur de Winckelsen.

En las Exposiciones Universales de París de 1878 y 1889, Dasson expuso varias piezas de los estilos Luis XV y XVI, así como piezas de su propio diseño modificado del siglo XVIII. Entre las piezas expuestas en 1878 figuraba una mesa completamente de bronce dorado, adquirida por Lord Dudley. Su copia del célebre Bureau du Roi se vendió en la misma exposición a Lady Ashburton.

Dasson cesó la producción en 1894, y en ese momento realizó una venta de sus modelos, que figuran en Catálogos de dibujos para bronces artísticos, muebles de estilo y decoración importante con derechos de reproducción de Henry Dasson et Cie, fabricante de bronces artísticos y ebanista por cese de producción...". Los registros de esta venta muestran que Paul Sormani, así como Joseph Emmanuel Zweiner, la Maison Millet y Beurdeley adquirieron ciertos dibujos y modelos de Dasson.

Jonathan Meyer ilustra una serie de objetos excepcionales expuestos por Dasson en 1889 en su libro sobre las Grandes Exposiciones.

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

Ledoux-Lebard, Denise. Les Ebénistes du XIXeme siècle, Les Editions de l'Amateur, (París), 1984; pp. 146 - 151.0

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

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