Henry Dasson (d. 1896) is recorded as having worked in Paris at 106, rue Vieille-du-Temple. Dasson specialized in reproducing a wide range of furniture and objets d'art of high quality in the style of Louis XIV, XV and XVI, often directly copying known pieces. He purchased the firm of the ébéniste Charles Winckelsen upon his death in 1870, and produced an impressive range of pieces for the Paris Expositions from 1878 until 1895. The firm's output was distinquished particularly by the fine quality of its ormolu mounts. The business continued until 1894, when a sale of remaining stock was held.
This elegant centre-table, designed in the goût Weisweiler epitomises the supreme quality of Dasson's finest work. A comparable example, dated 1867 and formerly in the collection of Pierre Lecoules, is illustrated in D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Mobilier Français du XIX Siècle, Paris, 1984, p. 148. Another, dated 1884, sold Christie's, London, 29 March 2007, lot 96 (£216,000).