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    Sale 1940

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    25 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 462

    A LOUIS XVI STYLE ORMOLU-MOUNTED CUT BRASS AND TORTOISESHELL-INLAID EBONISED 'BOULLE' VITRINE**

    BY HENRY DASSON, PARIS, DATED 1885

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XVI STYLE ORMOLU-MOUNTED CUT BRASS AND TORTOISESHELL-INLAID EBONISED 'BOULLE' VITRINE**
    BY HENRY DASSON, PARIS, DATED 1885
    The galleried campan rubané marble top above a spreading pediment, over ormolu-moulded glazed doors and sides opening to four adjustable shelves, the doors and sides with recessed marquetry panels inlaid with scolling foliage and centred by Apollo masks, the angles headed by winged cherub busts, on a shaped foliate-clasped base and spiral-turned toupie feet, the gallery signed henry Dasson 1885, the carcass stamped HENRY DASSON/1885 and MOBILIER LéON DRU CHATEAU DE VEZ
    70 7/8 in. (180 cm.) high; 41¾ in. (105 cm.) wide; 15¾ in. (40 cm.) deep


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    Henry Dasson (d. 1896) is recorded as having worked in Paris at 106, rue Vieille-du-Temple and specialised in supplying primarily revival works of the ancien regime. In 1871 Dasson bought the workshop and stock from the widow of the ébéniste Charles-Guillaume Winckelsen and quickly distinguished himself as a proprietor of haut lux decorations with mounts of the highest quality. A frequent participant in the major exhibitions, 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.

    Located in the region of l'Oise, France, Chateau de Vez dates from the 13th century, though little is know of Léon Dru for whom the piece was possibly commissioned. However, this vitrine is based on a model for a panelled armoire and was conceived by Dasson as a vitrine to accommodate the growing trend of displaying one's various objets de vertue.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Provenance

    Léon Dru, Château de Vez.
    Sotheby's London, 20 October 2000, Lot 196.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the ormolu gallery on this lot is also signed henry Dasson 1885.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. & MRS. RICHARD SCHILLING, ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS (LOTS 441-462)