A Sormani quarter-veneered bois satiné, tulipwood-banded, inlaid and ormulu-mounted two-piece bedroom suite, late 19th Century, French Both pieces stamped 'SORMANI, PARIS' and with ink stamp '9059'
Lot 870W
A Sormani quarter-veneered bois satiné, tulipwood-banded, inlaid and ormulu-mounted two-piece bedroom suite, late 19th Century, French Both pieces stamped 'SORMANI, PARIS' and with ink stamp '9059'
£1,500 - 2,500
US$ 2,500 - 4,200
Auction Details
The Chester Sale Chester
18 Nov 2010 11:00 GMT

Auction 18163
Lot Details
A Sormani quarter-veneered bois satiné, tulipwood-banded, inlaid and ormulu-mounted two-piece bedroom suite, late 19th Century, French
Both pieces stamped 'SORMANI, PARIS' and with ink stamp '9059'
The inverted breakfront wardrobe, having a moulded cornice above an alternating floral roundel and parquetry-inlaid frieze, the central mirrored door enclosing shelves, the two outer panelled doors each with a segmentally-veneered gilt metal-edged oval and enclosing shelves and a short drawer, with gilt metal floral and medallion-cast mounts to the upper corners, and to the shaped apron, raised on six turned and tapering supports, 194cm wide x 51cm deep x 212cm high, together with a 4ft 8in double bedstead, the headboard having a quarter-veneered panel beneath a parquetry-inlaid frieze, the lower footboard with segmentally-veneered oval in a gilt metal beaded surround beneath a floral roundel-inlaid frieze, both with gilt metal mounts, with shaped rails, (2)

Footnotes

  • The firm established in Paris in 1847 by Paul Sormani exhibited consistently at International shows during the second half of the 19th century. In 1867 the firm relocated to 10 rue Charlot. Italian by birth, Paul Sormani was a maker of fine 'meubles de luxe', whose work was described in the 1867 Exposition Universelle catalogue as 'toute sa production revele une qualite d'execution de tout premier ordre'. The firm also made eclectic furniture in contemporary styles. It can be difficult to date Sormani's work, as the firm produced furniture for nearly ninety years. H owever, when Paul Sormani died, circa 1877, his wife and son took over the business and from this date onwards pieces are normally signed 'Veuve Sormani & Fils'.
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