A French late 19th century ormolu-mounted vernis Martin, amaranth and espenille bonheur du jourby Veuve Paul Sormani & Fils
Lot 186
A French late 19th century ormolu-mounted vernis Martin, amaranth and espenille bonheur du jourby Veuve Paul Sormani & Fils
Sold for £11,875 (US$ 19,386) inc. premium

Lot Details
A French late 19th century ormolu-mounted vernis Martin, amaranth and espenille bonheur du jourby Veuve Paul Sormani & Fils A French late 19th century ormolu-mounted vernis Martin, amaranth and espenille bonheur du jourby Veuve Paul Sormani & Fils A French late 19th century ormolu-mounted vernis Martin, amaranth and espenille bonheur du jourby Veuve Paul Sormani & Fils
A French late 19th century ormolu-mounted vernis Martin, amaranth and espenille bonheur du jour
by Veuve Paul Sormani & Fils
decorated overall with an aventurine vernis Martin and painted rococo cartouches depicting scenes in a manner of Boucher on a golden ground, the inset Fleur de pêcher marble top within a pierced foliate gallery, above a spreading cornice and a fall front with a gilt-tooled green leather writing surface, opening to an interior fitted with a shelf and two small drawers, the frieze centred by a foliate cartouche flanked to each side by a small drawer, on cabriole legs and foliate cast sabots, the lock inscribed Vve Paul Sormani & Fils/ 10 r. Charlot Paris, the back with an old label from Emanouel/ London , 63cm wide, 33cm deep, 127cm high (24.5" wide, 12.5" deep, 50" high).

Footnotes

  • Paul Sormani was born in Italy in 1817. The highly successful business he established in Paris was relocated 10, rue Charlot in the 1860s. On his death in 1866 the firm was taken over by his wife and son, renamed VEUVE P.SORMANI ET FILS until 1886 when it became PAUL SORMANI, his son, on his own. In the 1900s the business relocated Boulevard Haussman. The firm produced furniture in a variety of styles, including excellent quality versions in Louis XV and Louis XVI styles. They exhibited at all the major exhibitions of his time, winning medals in 1849, 1855, 1867, 1878, 1889 and 1900.

    Literature:
    Camille Mestdagh, L'ameublement d'art français (1850-1900), avec la collaboration de Pierre Lécoules, les éditions de l'amateur, 2010.
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