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    Sale 7569

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    19 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 189

    A NAPOLEON III ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY TWO-TIER OCCASIONAL TABLE

    BY PAUL SORMANI, PARIS, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A NAPOLEON III ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY TWO-TIER OCCASIONAL TABLE
    BY PAUL SORMANI, PARIS, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The oval upper tier surmounted by an ormolu-framed removeable glass tray held to each side by a scrolled berry-hung vine and laurel garland support, the lower quarter-veneered top with moulded-surround, the frieze centred by a berry finial and with acanthus baluster handle to each side, on cabriole legs headed by clasps and terminating in acanthus-wrapped hoof sabots, one tray handle signed SORMANI PARIS
    37¾ in. (96 cm.) high; 35½ in. (90 cm.) wide; 23 5/8 in. (60 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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