Offered by: Mayfair Gallery
39 South Audley Street London W1K 2PP , England Call Seller 44.207.491.3435


Very fine ormolu, porcelain and marquetry writing desk by Henry Dasson

$ 28,000
  • Description
    Very fine ormolu, porcelain and marquetry writing desk by Henry Dasson
    French, 1890
    Height 74cm, width 80cm, depth 50cm
    By Dasson, Henry (French, 1825-1896), a leading ébéniste of the French Belle Époque, this beautiful, delicate, and diminutive writing desk is executed in the Transitional style of the 18th century, updated with Dasson's characteristic flair and stylistic touches.
    Of small proportions, it is inlaid with Sèvres style porcelain plaques to the front on either side, painted with whimsical patterns of fruit and flowers. The leather writing surface atop sits above three drawers, two of which have push-button openings. The edges, panels, and tapering legs are lined with meticulously cast gilt-bronze mounts, the panels with delicate and intricate marquetry designs. It is stamped to the underside 'Henry Dasson / 1890.'
    This very fine piece is exemplary of Dasson's tendency to take traditional styles and adapt them for contemporary audiences. A leading cabinetmaker, he had a particular skill for this style of work: the ormolu mounts and porcelain panels demonstrate his creative and playful approach, which continues to have a strong appeal.
    Artist/Maker: Henry Dasson
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Origin: France
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Ormolu, Porcelain, Marquetry.
    Creation Date: 1890
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: 17257
    Incollect Reference #: 627137
  • Dimensions
    W. 31.5 in; H. 29.13 in; D. 19.69 in;
    W. 80 cm; H. 74 cm; D. 50 cm;
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