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Born in the Kingdom of Lombardy, Venice, in 1817, Paul Sormani produced standard and fantasy furniture, described by himself as "meubles de luxe". From 1867 in Paris, he specialised in reproducing styles of the Louis XV and XVI eras and his work was thought to reveal a high quality of execution. His creations were frequently exhibited and rewarded at the major international exhibitions of the 1860s and 70s. After his death in 1877, the firm was taken over by his widow, Ursule-Marie-Philippine Bouvaist, who, known as 'Veuve Sormani' was joined and later succeeded by her son, Paul-Charles Sormani.
The distinctive bust mounts cornering this commode are taken from Charles Cressent's 'bureaux a espagnolettes bouclees' of which examples are presented in the Louvre, the Munic Residenz and National Gallery of Washington. Cressent is not known to have adapted the espagnolettes for use on a commode. The construction of this commode suggests that it is early in Sormani's oeuvre and it is indicative of his ambition and ability to have so successfully created a commode in the 'style of Cressent'.
|Height||84.00 cm||(33.07 inches)|
|Width||149.00 cm||(58.66 inches)|
|Depth||66.00 cm||(25.98 inches)|