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    Sale 12975

    Noble & Private Collections Part I

    2 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 114

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED BOIS SATINE, KINGWOOD AND BURR-AMBOYNA PARQUETRY CASKET

    BY PAUL SORMANI, PARIS, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED BOIS SATINE, KINGWOOD AND BURR-AMBOYNA PARQUETRY CASKET
    BY PAUL SORMANI, PARIS, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The lid centred by a marquetry crowned cypher 'WSB', with a hinged front, the lock signed 'P Sormani 10 Rue Charlot A Paris'
    10 ¼ in. (16 cm.) high; 25 ½ in. (65 cm.) wide; 17 ½ in. (45 cm.) deep


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    Born in the Kingdom of Lombardy, Venice, in 1817, Paul Sormani produced standard and fantasy furniture, described by himself as meubles de luxe. Operating from large premises at 114, rue du Temple and, from 1867, at 10, rue Charlot, he specialised in reproducing styles of the Louis XV and XVI eras and his work was thought to reveal 'une qualité d'exécution de tout premier ordre'. His creations were frequently exhibited and rewarded at the major international exhibitions of the 1860s and 70s. On his death in 1877, the firm was taken over by his widow, Ursule-Marie-Philippine Bouvaist, who was known as 'Veuve Sormani' and was joined and later succeeded by her son.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF OTTO VON MITZLAFF (LOTS 114-126 & 542-545)

    Otto von Mitzlaff, the distinguished furniture specialist from Wächtersbach, near Frankfurt, is best known to collectors for his elegant stands at the annual TEFAF Art Fair in Maastricht. Reflecting his personal taste and good eye, his stands always feature exquisite neo-classical furniture and in particular highlights from the Neuwied workshops of the celebrated ébénistes Abraham and David Roentgen. Von Mitzlaff’s passion for Germany’s most successful cabinet-makers goes back many decades and resulted in him moving his family into the beautiful Prinzessinnenhaus situated vis à vis of Schloss Wächtersbach. This charming little palais still retains many original features, including its magnificent carved front doors, which were supplied in 1745 from the workshops of Abraham Roentgen. The von Mitzlaff family still resides at the Prinzessinnenhaus and it is from here that the following items have been consigned for sale.