Bonheur du jour signed Henry Dasson & Cie 1891 on the bronze and stamped with iron on the frame.
In marquetry of four leaves in sycamore diamonds and boxwood and ebony fillets, this bonheur du jours opens in the lower part by two drawers and the upper part forming a bookcase rests on two drawers. White marble top surrounded by a gilt bronze belt. It rests on four tapered legs ending in gilded bronze clogs.
An identical bonheur du jour is reproduced in: D. Ledoux-Lebard, French furniture of the 19th century, amateur ed., p. 150
Henry Dasson (1825-1896)
Henry Dasson was both a bronzer and a furniture maker. Quickly showing a real talent as a draftsman, sculptor, then cabinetmaker, this plurality of know-how was to place him among the most important craftsmen and entrepreneur of the time. The acquisition, in 1871, of the business of Charles Guillaume Winckelsen and the installation in 1876 of his workshops, at 106 rue Vieille-du-Temple, near the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, launched his career which would explode during the 'Universal Exhibition of 1878.
He then exhibited as a bronzier alongside Ferdinand Barbedienne and the Susse Brothers, and his furniture drew the attention of the Jury, critics and collectors. It presents, among other copies and creations inspired by the styles of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI, a reconstruction of the desk of King Louis XV made by two of the greatest cabinetmakers of the 18th century, Jean-François Oeben and Jean-Henri Riesener. This masterpiece elevates him in the eyes of critics to the same rank as the great craftsmen of the 18th century.
At the Universal Exhibition of 1889, at the height of his career, Henry Dasson obtained for his luxury furniture, the Grand Prix "from an artistic point of view" for the remarkable presentation of furniture in the Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI styles.
His furniture shines with the excellence of their manufacture, and the quality of the carving of the bronzes which testifies to a unique know-how.