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Pair French Louis XVI Style Mahogany Display Cabinets, 19th Century, Paul Somani


£35,000 | $46,603 USD | €39,657 EUR
Item Number: SA649391
Date of manufacture: 1890
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Patrick Moorhead Antiques
This antique has been viewed 14 times in the past month with the most views from Australia.


A very good quality pair of late 19th Century French Mahogany bow fronted display cabinets, each with a gallery to the top, gilded ormolu foliate and molded mounts, central doors with a glass shelf within, a frieze drawer above a shelf beneath with a paneled back and raised on elegant cabriole legs.
Signed; Paul Sormani (1817 to 1877), one the most important cabinetmakers of the 19th century, was born in Venice. Having trained as a cabinetmaker, he moved to Paris where he opened his first shop in 1847 specializing in furniture made in the Louis XV and Louis XVI style.
When she decorated her palace, Empress Eugenie, the wife of Emperor Napoleon III, who was particularly fond of furniture in the 18th century styles, engaged Sormani to create spectacular pieces to compliment her period examples. Sormani was able to meet the Empress’s high standards with the excellent quality of the cabinet work, bronze mounts, use of lacquer and unusual marbles.
Sormani’s firm was a maker of fine “meubles de luxe”, (deluxe furniture) whose work was described in the 1867 Exposition Universelle catalogue as “toute sa production revele une qualite d’execution de tout premier ordre”. He received a medal of premiere classe at the Exposition Universelle of 1855, followed by another medal at the 1862 exposition in London The workshop also made eclectic furniture in contemporary styles.
Internal Ref: Batch 35 56731 SLZZN + 53673 SESUZN


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1890.


Height = 170 cm (66.9")
Width = 80 cm (31.5")
Depth = 40 cm (15.7")

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Patrick Moorhead Antiques
Spring Gardens
76 Church Street
East Sussex
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