A Napoleon III ormolu-mounted cream and polychrome-painted side-cabinet
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A Napoleon III ormolu-mounted cream and polychrome-painted side-cabinet

BY PAUL SORMANI, PARIS, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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A Napoleon III ormolu-mounted cream and polychrome-painted side-cabinet
By Paul Sormani, Paris, Third quarter 19th Century
The serpentine top surmounted by a super-structure with mirrored back and two shaped glass shelves within scrolling branch frame and supports, the shaped violet de Brignoles marble top within a stepped surround, above a central panelled door finely decorated with flowering branches, the lockplate engraved P SORMANI/10, rue Charlot/Paris, flanked to each side by three similarly decorated short drawers, the bombé sides with further painted panels, on scrolled legs headed by foliate clasps, on scrolling acanthus-cast sabots
57 in. (145 cm.) high; 52 in. (132 cm.) wide; 16 in. (41 cm.) deep
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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, known as 'Veuve Sormani' was joined and later succeeded by her son.

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