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Born in Venice in 1817, Paul Sormani was a maker of fine 'meubles de luxe', whose work was described in the 1867 Exposition Universelle catalogue as 'toute sa production revele une qualite d'execution de tout premier ordre'.
Sormani exhibited in Paris in 1849, 1855, 1862, 1867, 1878 and 1900 , and in London in 1862, winning numerous medals. A large amount of the firm's production was in copying Louis XV and XVI furniture but there are also numerous pieces in a modified Louis style too. Boulle pieces have also been found, two of which were exhibited by Sormani at the 1900 Exhibition in Paris.
In 1867 he set up his workshop at 10 rue de Charlot, Paris. After his death in 1877 Sormani's son Paul-Charles took over the business and later moved it 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 (circa 1877), his wife and son took over the business and from this date onwards pieces are normally signed 'Veuve Sormani & Fils'.
The Sormani stamp is usually an engraved signature on the lockplate, incorporating the address.
|Height||75.00 inch||(190.50 cm)|
|Width||30.00 inch||(76.20 cm)|
|Depth||18.00 inch||(45.72 cm)|
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