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A FRENCH ORMOLOU-MOUNTED AMARANTH, TULIPWOOD AND BOIS CITRONNIER PARQUETRY COMMODE
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A FRENCH ORMOLOU-MOUNTED AMARANTH, TULIPWOOD AND BOIS CITRONNIER PARQUETRY COMMODE

BY PAUL SORMANI, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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A FRENCH ORMOLOU-MOUNTED AMARANTH, TULIPWOOD AND BOIS CITRONNIER PARQUETRY COMMODE
BY PAUL SORMANI, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
The pink and white mottled brèche violette marble top above a frieze drawer flanked by two small drawers mounted with foliate scrolls and entrelac motifs, above two long breakfront drawers inlaid sans traverse with lozenge shaped parquetry, and terminating with a foliate apron mount, the shaped sides conformingly inlaid, the rounded angles mounted with swagged channelled tapering chutes above cabriole legs terminating in paw feet, the central top drawer with a plaque engraved PAUL SORMANI 10 r. Charlot Paris, the carcase stamped three times SORMANI PARIS
35¾ in. (91 cm.) high; 53 in. (135 cm.) wide; 22 in. (56 cm.) deep
Provenance
Sotheby's London, 16 May 1997, lot 128.
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Lot Essay

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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