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    Sale 7816

    Le Grand Goût - A Private European Collection

    17 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 155

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND TULIPWOOD PARQUETRY COMMODE

    AFTER THE MODEL BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS LELEU, BY PAUL SORMANI, PARIS, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND TULIPWOOD PARQUETRY COMMODE
    AFTER THE MODEL BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS LELEU, BY PAUL SORMANI, PARIS, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The 'D'-shaped Sarrancolin marble top above a trailing vine and acanthus frieze fitted with a drawer, over a pair of cube parquetry drawers, with similarly inlaid sides, on fluted tapering legs and acanthus-capped feet; stamped 'P. SORMANI/PARIS' twice to the top of the carcass and once to the back
    34¼ in. (87 cm.) high; 55¼ in. (140.3 cm.) wide; 25¼ in. (64 cm.) deep


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    This Louis XVI style commode is a copy of the celebrated model produced by the workshop of Jean-François Leleu (maître in 1764). The original is at the Petit Trianon, Versailles, where it arrived in 1867 in the wake of an exhibition organised at the request of Empress Eugènie in memory of Marie-Antoinette. Possibly this same exhibition inspired the commission of the present copy by Sormani.

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