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Paul Sormani French Dressing Table Amboyna Veneer (Rare). Circa 1870

$ 5,850
  • Description
    Paul Sormani (1817-1877) designed and was the maker of this superb quality small dressing table; from his Paris workshop at 10 R. Charlot Park (this was his second workshop---opened in 1867). The attention to detail and intricate design, in addition to selection and application of premium materials and resources are typical of Sormani dedication to excellence, as was recognized by many of his contemporaries during several mid-century Parisean exhibitions.

    Brass inlaid Fleur de Lis medallion decorates the center; surrounded by beautiful and rare burl Amboyna veneer wood from Indonesia. The surface is bordered by a bold brass application to the serpentine perimeter. A satinwood inlaid border decoration to the surface further enhances the decor.

    The highly figured veneer design of the surface is further on display to the rectangular 4" skirt support above four elegant cabriole legs with full length linear bold inlaid and applied brass accoutrements to the corners; top to bottom; ending in bronze mounted feet.

    The special interior is accessed by lifting the top up connected by a pair of decorated and embossed rear hinges; revealing a full surface mirror back and a fitted storage sections with a sliding tray for personal particulars; jewelry, papers, make up, sewing implements, or valuables as may be kept private by locking mechanism which bears the signature and street address of "Paul Sormani, 10 R. Charlot Park".

    The condition of the table is original, sturdy, and well made with no replacements. Surfaces have a mellow patina displaying warm, age related hues. A small rectangular section to the top surface measuring 2" x 3 1/2", just off the left and front of the center medallion is present. It does not look like a replacement because the grain transcends the section matching perfectly. It simply looks like an early restoration of some kind; possibly done contemporaneously with the manufacture of the table and possibly at the workshop of Sormani Maison because it is done so well. Please note the close up image (#3) of this repair. The base of the interior underneath (see image) is fastened with butterfly wood join

    Also of note, the scalloped border beneath the support and between the legs is featured all around; the bold brass border is further amplified around the entire support border and vertically applied to each corner. All of this contributes to being able to use this table anywhere in a room as it is just as beautiful from all sides.

    Dimensions: 22 1/8" wide x 15 3/4" deep x 28 1/16" high
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Origin: France
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Amboyna,Hand-Crafted
    Condition: Good. Repaired: rectangular piece to top repaired,
    Styles / Movements: Traditional, Napoleon
    Incollect Reference #: 704776
  • Dimensions
    W. 22.13 in; H. 28.07 in; D. 15.75 in;
    W. 56.21 cm; H. 71.3 cm; D. 40.01 cm;
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