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19th Century French Louis XVI Style Commode Signed Somani

$39,358.96

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A fine Louis XVI style gilt-bronze mounted Parquetry inlaid Commode with a Breccia Marble top, trellis inlay centred with flowers. Wonderful scrolling foliate gilded ormolu mounts to the frieze, acanthus detail to the corners and out swept feet. Three Oak lined frieze drawers, each with their original keys, two further deep drawers beneath. The locks stamped. Somani, Paris 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. Paul Somani.

Details

  • Creator
    Paul Somani (Cabinetmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 35.44 in. (90 cm)Width: 51.97 in. (132 cm)Depth: 21.66 in. (55 cm)
  • Style
    Louis XVI (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1880
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Brighton, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Batch 55/56 60215 DKKZZE1stDibs: LU1227224447712

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