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Paul Sormani (Attributed)

A Pair of Louis XVI Style Mahogany Pedestals

Origin France
Period 19th Century
Materials Gilt-bronze, Mahogany
Dimensions
W. 19.29 in; H. 51.18 in; D. 16.14 in;
W. 49 cm; H. 130 cm; D. 41 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date Circa 1870
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description A Very Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Pedestals, Attributed to Sormani.

The pedestals are of tapering form with finely chiselled gilt-bronze mounts of bell husk swags and scrolling acanthus panels. The high quality of the workmanship and design strongly suggests the work of Paul Sormani.

Born in Venice in 1817, Paul Sormani (1817-1877), was a Parisian 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' (all of his production reveals a quality of execution all of the first order').

Sormani exhibited at the International Exhibitions in Paris in 1849, 1855, 1867, 1878 and 1900, and in London in 1862, winning numerous medals.

Paul Sormani established the firm in 1847 at 7 Cimetière Saint-Nicolas in Paris, moving in 1854 to 114 rue du Temple, and in 1867 to 10 rue Charlot.

After his death in 1877 Sormani's son Paul-Charles took over the business that later moved to 134 Boulevard Haussmann.

It can be difficult to date Sormani's work, as the firm produced furniture for nearly ninety years. However, when Paul Sormani died in 1877, his wife and son took over the business and from this date onwards pieces are normally signed 'Veuve Sormani & Fils'.

Bibliography:
Meyer, Jonathan. Great Exhibitions - London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collectors' Club, (Woodbridge, UK), 2006.

Ledoux - Lebard, Denise. Les Ébénistes du XIXe siècle, Les Editions de L'Amateur, (Paris), 1984; pp. 583-588.
Styles / Movements Louis XVI, Traditional
Book References Mestdagh, Camille & Lécoules, Pierre. L'Ameublement d'art français : 1850-1900, Les Editions de l'Amateur, (Paris), 2010.
Dealer Reference Number B64831
Incollect Reference Number 299134
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