A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED, BRASS-INLAID, EBONY AND TORTOISESHELL 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY BUREAU PLAT
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A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED, BRASS-INLAID, EBONY AND TORTOISESHELL 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY BUREAU PLAT

BY VEUVE PAUL SORMANI, PARIS, AFTER ANDRE-CHARLES BOULLE, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED, BRASS-INLAID, EBONY AND TORTOISESHELL 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY BUREAU PLAT
BY VEUVE PAUL SORMANI, PARIS, AFTER ANDRE-CHARLES BOULLE, LATE 19TH CENTURY
With three drawers to one long side and false drawers to the other, with ivorine labels 'P. LAYCOCK / DEALER IN / FURNITURE & PIANOS, / 18 Oxford Street / HARROGATE', the lockplate signed 'VVE. P. SORMANI & FILS / 10, r. Charlot, Paris', the right drawer inscribed to the side in green '3554'
30 ½ in. (77.5 cm.) high; 56 in. (147 cm.) wide; 29 in. (74 cm.) deep
Provenance
P. Laycock Ltd., Harrogate.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 22 April 1982, lot 58.
The Collector of Collectors; sold Christie's, London, 24 April 2008, lot 316.
Anonymous sale; Bruun Rasmussen, Copenhagen, 7 May 2009, lot 878.
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Lot Essay

Inspired by the works of André-Charles Boulle, the present bureau plat is based on a preparatory design attributed to the celebrated ébéniste, dated to the early 18th century and today in the collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (723 B2). The drawing exhibits a similar silhouette, elaborate inlaid decoration and satyr-form angle mounts to the present desk. Owing to Boulle’s continuing popularity, furniture makers created works in his style into the 19th century including Paul Sormani. Following Sormani’s death in 1877, the firm continued to produce works of art under the direction of his wife, Ursule-Marie-Philippine Bouvaist, and son, Paul-Charles Sormani, signing 'Vve . P. Sormani & Fils,’ the inscription on the lockplate of the present desk.

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