French 19th Century Louis XVI St. Vert De Patricia Marble And Ormolu Urn, Attributed To Henry Dasson
Item # 8703
A magnificent and very large scale French 19th century Louis XVI st. Vert de Patricia marble and ormolu urn, attributed to Henry Dasson. The lidded urn is raised on a marble socle decorated with opulent large scrolled ormolu mounts topped with acanthus leaves. The body has very handsome scrolled handles of finely chased female busts amidst acanthus leaves and Vitruvian scrolls accented by rosettes. The handles are joined with large berried laurel garlands looped through a ring at the front and back. At the top is the removable lid wonderfully decorated with foliate finial and base. All original gilt throughout.
Henry Dasson (1825–1896) was a renowned 19th century Parisian maker of gilt-bronze mounted furniture. 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 chasing. Dasson specialized in the production of Louis XIV, XV and XVI style furniture using the finest gilt-bronze mounts, and was recognized as a brilliant ‘ébéniste and bronzier’. He participated in the 1878 Paris Exposition Universelle and exhibited a number of pieces in the Louis XV and XVI styles. Dasson was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in 1883 and was awarded the Grand Prix Artistique at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle.