A Fine Pair of Transitional Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Parquetry Commodes
A Fine Pair of Transitional Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Parquetry Commodes

PAUL SORMANI (1817-1877)

A Fine Pair of Transitional Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Parquetry Commodes

c. 1870 France

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A Fine Pair of Transitional Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Parquetry Commodes, By Paul Sormani, After the Model by Charles Topino.

This fine pair of commodes have shaped marble tops with moulded edges above guilloche banded frieze drawers and two lower drawers mounted with classical urns and rocaille. The drawers are flanked by stiles mounted with husked swags and the commodes are raised on cabriole legs with paw sabots.

This distinctive transitional model of commode, is based on the designs of the famous 18th century ébéniste Charles Topino, (maître in 1773). The signature mounts of classical urns beneath swaged drapery can be found on many examples of Topino’s work. These include a commode illustrated in A. Pradère, French Furniture Makers, The Art of the Ébéniste from Louis XIV to the Revolution, p. 320, fig. 363, and illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIème siècle, Dijon, 1998, p.844, fig.a.. A related commode by Topino can be found in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, [1986.156.1 ab].
A. Pradère, French Furniture Makers, The Art of the Ébéniste from Louis XIV to the Revolution, p. 320, fig. 363.
P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIème siècle, Dijon, 1998, p.844, fig.A.
Mestdagh, Camille and Pierre Lécoules, L'Ameublement d'art français: 1850-1900, Editions de l'Amateur, Paris 2010.
Meyer, Jonathan, Great Exhibitions - London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, 2006.
Ledoux - Lebard, Denise, Les Ébénistes du XIXe Siècle, Editions de L'Amateur, Paris, 1984. pp. 583-588.
Dimensions
Height 86.00 cm (33.86 inches)
Width 111.00 cm (43.70 inches)
Depth 53.00 cm (20.87 inches)
Stock Code
B70160
Signed/Inscribed
Stamped beneath the marble top to one commode ‘SORMANI’ also stamped on the lockplate ‘P. SORMANI , PARIS., 10 RUE CHARLOT’ Stamped on the back of both locks ‘B THEAU SERRURIER PARIS’, and also stamped on reverse of handle plate ‘H.P.R.
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