A Superb French Napoleon III Ebony and Gilt Mounted Commode
Fabulous Quality. The hand carved marble top mounted with a brass gallery, two frieze drawers above brass inlaid panelled cupboards with gilt mounts. Quarter columns to both sides with scrolled capitals, with gilt mounts above and beneath. Gilt mounts and beading on both sides.
The interior finished in Satinwood with high quality French locks.
Dimensions: W 57" (145cm) x H 31.5" (80cm) x D 24" (61cm)
The carcass signed 'Henry Dasson' probably a follower of the famed 19th century cabinet maker.
Henry Dasson (1825–1896) was a renowned nineteenth century Parisian maker of gilt-bronze mounted furniture. Unlike other cabinetmakers of the time Dasson began his career as a bronze sculptor, and consequently one characteristic of his work is the quality of his bronze and more precisely of the chiselling.
His Paris workshop was situated at 106 rue Vieille-du-Temple, where he specialised in the production of Louis XIV, XV and XVI style furniture using the finest gilt-bronze mounts.
In 1871, he purchased the flourishing business and remaining stock of Charles-Guillaume Winckelsen, known for the high quality of his furniture. It has been suggested that Dasson inherited the craft of ciseleur from Winckelsen.