Napoleon III tulipwood and kingwood commode by P. Sormani

By Sormani, Paul (French, 1817-1877)

£55,000

This magnificent antique commode is one of the finest examples of Sormani's work, which is famed for its high quality and refined opulence.

 

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Description

Of bombe form, ormolu mounted with serpentine marble top above two drawers and cabriole legs, stamped on the wood under the marble at the back right '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'.

Details

Artist / Maker
By Sormani, Paul (French, 1817-1877)
Country of Origin
French
Date of Manufacture
c. 1860
Period
19th Century
Style
Figurative Art, Napoleon III
Material
Kingwood, Marble, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Tulipwood
Colour
Brown, Gold, Red

Dimensions

Height
86 cm / 33.9 inches
Width
151 cm / 59.4 inches
Depth
65 cm / 25.6 inches

Reference:
13801

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