A Fine Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze Mounted Louis XV Style Two Tier Tea Table By Paul Sormani
Item # AV1
The oval upper tier surmounted by an bronze framed removable glass tray held to each side by a scrolled berry hung vine and laurel garland support. The lower quarter veneered top with molded surround, the frieze centered by a berry finial and with acanthus baluster handle to each side. The cabriole legs headed by clasps and ending in acanthus wrapped hoof sabots.
Upper bronze rim signed P. Sormani 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 – 38 inches / 97cm
Width – 36 inches / 91cm
Depth – 23.5 inches / 60cm
Maker – Paul Sormani