Pair of large red marble and ormolu vases by Dasson

By Dasson, Henry (French, 1825-1896)


This pair of vases meld rich red marble with radiant gilt bronze decoration, offering an innovative twist on late 19th century French neoclassicism.


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Crafted by the eminent French cabinetmaker Henri Dasson (1825-1896) in 1890, these two large vases are a masterclass in artistry and elegance. The striking pairing of rich red marble with glistening gilt bronze creates an arresting visual contrast that immediately captures attention.

Each vase, shaped in a classic baluster form, is crowned with a domed lid, topped by an ormolu pine motif, and features scrolling foliate handles that emanate from intricately detailed lion heads, a nod to classical decoration. Around the lid, the vases feature an acanthus leaf frieze pattern.

Adorning the body of each vase we find an exquisite touch of ormolu berried ivy, arranged in a draping festoon form, which gives the vases a unique look, ivy motifs being quite rare in decorative pieces of the period. The draping ivy sits above foliate upswept water leaves which emanate from the fillet, enriching the vases' neoclassical design.

The vases' waisted socle, decorated with a ribbon-tied berried laurel moulding, rests on a square plinth adorned with recessed panels and a flowerhead-filled entrelac. This artful base culminates in dainty bun feet. Notably, Dasson's signature along with the date 'Henry Dasson et Cie 1890', is meticulously etched onto the inside of the handles on both vases, serving as a testament to the authenticity and excellence of the pieces. 

Henry Dasson's vases are not mere decorative objects but represent the epitome of late-19th century French neoclassicism. The design, while rooted in traditional motifs, offers a fresh and intriguing perspective, marked by a diversity of elements thoughtfully integrated into the overall composition. The union of the radiant gilt bronze with the deep hue of the red marble not only accentuates the quality of craftsmanship but also the innovative approach to neoclassical aesthetics.

In these pieces, one finds an unparalleled blend of tradition and originality, making them an invaluable addition to any sophisticated collection.



Artist / Maker
By Dasson, Henry (French, 1825-1896)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Marble, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Gold, Red


44 cm / 17.3 inches
21 cm / 8.3 inches
18 cm / 7.1 inches


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