A stunning and extremely high quality French 19th century Louis XV st. kingwood and tulipwood Bureau Plat signed Sormani, Paris. Raised on four cabriole legs with wrap around ormolu sabots and ormolu chutes. Intricately chased ormolu mounts of highly detailed faces of a young lady alternating with a native American boy adorn each corner. Above the scalloped apron is a drawer with impressive ormolu keyhole escutcheon and a foliate ormolu mount. At each side are richly chased ormolu mounts of masculine masks. All with ormolu borders. At the top is the striking quarter veneered kingwood writing surface framed in an ormolu gallery with highly detailed ormolu cabuchons at each corner. All original gilt with a warm patina throughout.
Paul Sormani ( 1817 – 1877 ) one of the most recognized 19th century French cabinet maker. Paul Sormani established his firm in 1847 at 7 Cimetiere Saint-Nicolas in Paris. Sormani participated in major international exhibitions of 1855, 1862 and 1867. Awarded a bronze medal in 1849 and a first-class medal in 1855. At the Universal Exhibition of 1867, his work has been described as “a quality of workmanship of the highest order".