13 May 1999
A French ormolu-mounted kingwood vitrine
By Paul Sormani, Paris, Circa 1890
The stepped top with a moulded edge above a central glazed panel door, flanked to each side by a shaped glazed panel, the sides each with a shaped glazed panel, with mirrored interior and three adjustable glass shelves, on square shaped cabriole legs with foliate-cast sabots, the lock-plate engraved P SORMANI, 10 r. Charlot, Paris
51 in. (129.5 cm.) wide; 69 in. (177 cm.) high; 14 in. (36 cm.) deep
Anonymous sale in these rooms, 19 October 1995, lot 233.
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The firm established in Paris in 1847 by Paul Sormani exhibited consistently at the International shows during the second half of the century. In 1867, the firm re-located to 10, rue Charlot.
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