Very fine ormolu and porcelain mounted marquetry desk by Dasson

By Dasson, Henry (French, 1825-1896)


Made by Henry Dasson and imitating the 18th century transitional style, this beautiful, petite writing desk is embellished with delightful porcelain and gilding.


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This delightful antique writing desk, small in size, dates to the French Belle Époque and was made by Henry Dasson in the style of eighteenth century transitional works, updated with pleasing nineteenth century stylistic touches.

Of small proportions, this delicate, intricate, and beautiful decorative piece exemplifies the Transitional style, which occured between the Louis XV and XVI periods, providing a bridge between the Rococo and Neoclassical styles. It features a leather writings surface above three drawers, two of which have push button openings, and which are inlaid with Sèvres style porcelain plaques. Gilt-bronze mounts line the edges of the upper surface, the curved tapering legs, and the panels on each face. The panels on the desk's body also feature delicate marquetry patterns, finely executed.

This piece is exemplary of Henry Dasson's ability to take traditional styles and adapt them for newer audiences. A leading ébéniste, he had a particular talent for this style of work: the gilt-bronze elements and porcelain plaques in particular demonstrate his creative and playful approach, which continues to have a strong appeal. It is signed and inscribed 'Henry Dasson / 1890.'


Artist / Maker
By Dasson, Henry (French, 1825-1896)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Belle Époque, Sèvres, Transitional
Leather, Marquetry, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Porcelain
Brown, Gold, Multi-coloured


74 cm / 29.1 inches
80 cm / 31.5 inches
50 cm / 19.7 inches


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