A Fantastic Quality Late 19th Century Louis XV Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Vernis Martin Cabinet By Paul Sormani
Item # CA9
The upper tier of the cabinet with a pierced bronze gallery above two painted panels depicting love scenes, two drawers are centered by a gilt bronze plaque with putti, the legs with ram heads. The doors open to reveal four pullout drawers while the top lifts up for hidden storage and a mirror.
The lockplate engraved “Vve P. Sormani & Fils 10 R. Charlot Paris”.
Paul Sormani (1817-1877), was born in Venice in 1817, and was a maker of fine ‘meubles de luxe’. His work was described in the catalogue of the 1867 Exposition Universelle as: ‘toute sa production révèle une qualité d’exécution de tout premier ordre’.
Sormani exhibited in Paris in 1849, 1855, 1862, 1867, 1878 and 1900, and in London in 1862, winning numerous medals. Amongst the items Sormani exhibited at the 1900 Exposition Universelle were a Louis XV style bureau and a Louis XVI style commode both based on originals held in the Jones Collection at the South Kensington Museum.
Height – 48.5 inches / 123cm
Width – 31 inches / 79cm
Depth – 14 inches / 36cm
Maker – Paul Sormani