An Important Louis XV Style Coromandel Lacquer Commode
An Important Louis XV Style Coromandel Lacquer Commode
An Important Louis XV Style Coromandel Lacquer Commode
An Important Louis XV Style Coromandel Lacquer Commode
An Important Louis XV Style Coromandel Lacquer Commode
An Important Louis XV Style Coromandel Lacquer Commode
An Important Louis XV Style Coromandel Lacquer Commode
An Important Louis XV Style Coromandel Lacquer Commode

VEUVE SORMANI & FILS (worked c.1850-1900)

An Important Louis XV Style Coromandel Lacquer Commode

c. 1880 France

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An Important Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Coromandel Lacquer Commode, With a shaped Brèche d'Alep Marble Top, by Sormani.

This exceptional commode has two drawers mounted sans traverse, with panels of Coromandel lacquer depicting courtly scenes of stylised gardens and courtiers, set within richly cast gilt-bronze frames.

Coromandel lacquer, named after the Coromandel Coast of India through which it passed on its way to European markets, was originally made only in China. The complicated technique involved incising a decorative pattern into the deep lacquer surface and then colouring the incised lacquer areas, creating a relief pattern in reverse. Originally, in oriental lacquer, the cutting of the lacquer surface would reveal coloured layers of lacquer beneath, depending on the depth of the incision.

In Europe this type of carving was originally called Bantam work, rather than Coromandel, in reference to the Dutch trading post in Java from which lacquer ware of this type was collected for shipment to Europe. Both names are a misnomer, as the majority of this lacquer was sourced from the province of Honan in China.
Dimensions
Height 94.00 cm (37.01 inches)
Width 155.00 cm (61.02 inches)
Depth 59.00 cm (23.23 inches)
Stock Code
B71740
Medium
Coromandel Lacquer, Kingwood, Gilt-Bronze,
Signed/Inscribed
Stamped twice to the carcass 'SORMANI, PARIS' and engraved to the lock plate 'SORMANI 134 bd Haussmann, Paris'. The reverse of the bronze mounts stamped 'PS'.
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