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Louis XVI Style Marble and Ormolu Mantel Clock, by Sormani, circa 1880

US$19,077.26

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A fine quality late 19th century green figured marble column mantel clock, mounted with cherub in the clouds holding a garland of flowers above a pair of gilded ormolu birds supporting the white enamel clock face, an eight day duration movement, striking on the hour. The fluted marble column mounted on a circular classical moulded ormolu collar and a marble plinth base. Paul Sormani (1817-1877), was born in Venice in 1817, and was a maker of fine 'meubles de luxe'. His work was described in the catalogue of the 1867 Exposition Universelle as: 'toute sa production révèle une qualité d'exécution de tout premier ordre'. Sormani exhibited in Paris in 1849, 1855, 1862, 1867, 1878 and 1900, and in London in 1862, winning numerous medals. Amongst the items Sormani exhibited at the 1900 Exposition Universelle were a Louis XV style bureau and a Louis XVI style commode both based on originals held in the Jones Collection at the South Kensington Museum.

Details

  • Creator
    Paul Sormani (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 23.63 in. (60 cm)Diameter: 9.06 in. (23 cm)
  • Style
    Louis XVI (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1890
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Brighton, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Batch 58 60391 TACKN1stDibs: LU1227224915912

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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About the Maker

Paul Sormani

Paul Sormani, counted among the most elite Parisian ébénistes of the 19th century, used the foundation of Louis XV and XVI styles for his meubles de luxe (luxurious furnishings).

Sormani received enormous attention as one of Paris’ finest and most influential ébénistes and earned worldwide acclaim by displaying his pieces at many of the world’s leading exhibitions. At the 1867 Exhibition Universelle in Paris the celebrated designer received an award and was described in the exhibition journal as “...a distinguished ébéniste of Paris, whose works deservedly attracted the attention of the public, and received the marked approval of the connoisseur.”

Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III, decorated her palaces with beautiful creations by Paul Sormani whose designs were of a select few favored by the Empress. Revivals of Louis XV and XVI pieces were in high demand among affluent Parisians, and Sormani created many of the finest and most important furnishings of the period.

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(Biography provided by M.S. Rau)

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