A Very Fine Late 19th Century Louis XVI Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Commode By Paul Sormani
Item # NR1
Beautiful marble top, above a bronze frieze, with one long drawer above two deep long drawers. Four scrolled acanthus clasps on each corner of the drawers. After the 18th century model by Jean-François Leleu.
Signed Paul Sormani 10 R Charlot, Paris to a bronze plaque on the drawer and P. Sormani Paris to the carcass.
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 – 37 inches / 94cm
Width – 58 inches / 147cm
Depth – 25 inches / 64cm
Maker – Paul Sormani