13 May 1999
A French ormolu-mounted mahogany and tulipwood bureau a cylindre
By Veuve Paul Sormani & Fils, Paris, Circa 1890
The rectangular top with a pierced three-quarter gallery, above three frieze drawers, the plain panelled roll top opening to reveal a fitted interior with an open compartment above three drawers and a pull-out tan-coloured and gilt-tooled leather-lined writing slide, the lower section with three frieze drawers, the lock-plate of the central drawer engraved Vve P. SORMANI & FILS/10 r. Charlot Paris, on circular tapering fluted legs and turned feet
36 in. (91.5 cm.) wide; 44 in. (113 cm.) high; 22 in. (57 cm.) deep
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See previous lot for a note on Paul Sormani. On the latter's death, the firm was taken over by his widow, and later his son, finally ceasing trade in 1934.
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