Exceptional Console Table
Stamped Henry Dasson 1889
Height : 105 cm (41,3 in.) ; Length : 198 : cm (77,9 in.) ; Depth : 51,5 cm (20,3 in.)
Somptuous and rare Louis XIV-inspired console table, made in ebony veneer, and decorated with an elegant Boulle-style marquetry in brass and pewter on a brown tortoiseshell background decorated with foliage scrolls and interlacing, covering the entire console.
It opens with one protruding central drawer on the belt, adorned with a bearded man’s mask. It rests on four sheathed uprights surmounted by triglyphs and ram’s heads on the angles, joined by a spacer lined with a double border of tin and brass and centered with a circular pattern in ebony and gilded bronze topped with foliage. Surmounted by an exceptional Egyptian porphyry top underlined with a frieze of ovals, it ends with eight feet, including six toupee feet.
This console is inspired by models created during the 17th and 18th centuries by André-Charles Boulle, in particular the base with the sheathed uprights, the spacer and the delicate brass and pewter marquetry on a tortoiseshell background.
Cabinet from a pair, André-Charles Boulle, circa 1685-1715, Musée du Louvre OA 5468
As a cabinet-maker and a bronze-caster, Henry Dasson executed in his Paris workshop, installed at 106 rue Vieille-du-Temple, somptuous copies of royal 18th century models and some pieces of his own modified 18th century design. He used for his pieces of furniture and « objets d’art » the very finest ormolu mounts with high quality mercurial gilding. He purchased the firm of the cabinet-maker Charles Winckelsen upon his death in 1871 and mainly produced in the Louis XV and Louis XVI style. His participation at the Paris 1878 Universal Exhibition was highly remarked with a Louis XVI style table, all in bronze and considered as a « chasing masterpiece », and a copy of the famous King Louis XV desk (original piece exhibited at the Versailles Castle), which was also admired by critics. At the 1889 Universal Exhibition, he won a « grand Prix » for his beautiful furniture. Dasson closed down his business in 1894.
André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732) is considered to be the true inventor of 17th century French furniture. Soon after he was discovered by Colbert, Boulle became the « first cabinet-maker of the king », his full title being « architect, painter, mosaic sculptor, engraver, marquetry craftsman, and inventor of figures». Thus started for him the beginning of a period of great renown. With his royal privilege, Boulle was able to combine different activities usually restricted by corporations. Henceforth he worked as a master tortoiseshell and bronze marquetry craftsman, with such innovations as motifs both in the foreground and in the background. He also innovated by making a generous use of bronze, to decorate but also to protect the pieces of furniture. These innovations brought him fame throughout centuries.
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