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French Marquetry Wine Serving Accent Table by Paul Sormani & Fils



A most attractive wine serving table from the firm of renowned ébéniste, Paul Sormani. Designed with a hint of the Neoclassicism of a century prior, the angular table is raised over legs with an intense trumpet-effect, each tapering sharply to a tiny ankle with deep fluting. They are locked in place with conjoined opposing U-form stretchers over toupie feet. Throughout the tabletop, rich Marquetry patterns and designs are elegantly worked into the surface. The sides and lid feature a woven light-and-dark wood panel surrounded by crossbanding while the frame around the lid is worked with an intricate scaled motif. Two cast bronze knobs are used to lift the lid from the table, revealing a lead-lined interior where wine can be chilled and served. A tiny plaque is affixed to the rosewood veneered underside of the lid, reading "Vve (Veuve) P. Sormani & Fils". For passionate collectors of Fine French objects, the works by Paul Sormani's firm are always visually rich and of inordinately good quality. Paul Sormani Born in Venice, Italy in 1817, Paul Sormani established his firm at age 30 in 1847. Quickly garnering enormous attention and recognition as one of the finest ébénistes of his day, he exhibited extensively at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1849, 1855, 1862, 1867, 1878 and 1900 as well as other leading exhibitions in Europe. He received the medal of Premiere Classe at the Exposition in 1855 along with numerous other awards and medals throughout his career. In 1854, he moved his business and again in 1867. Here his business flourished until his death in 1877, at which time his son Paul-Charles (born 1848) and his wife Ursule-Marie Phillipine operated the company under the name Sormani Veuve Paul et Fils - pieces crafted by the firm during this time are often signed Veuve Sormani & Fils. Joining in partnership with the famous Thiebault Freres in 1914. Much of Sormanis work is either stamped on the wood or engraved on the lockplate, often with an accompanying address. As such, his works can often be dated with the assistance of both the address and types of mounts used on his work. While the firm closed its doors during the great depression, the works of Paul Sormani remain cherished in important collections around the world as some of the most beautifully rendered reproductions of 18th century decorative arts on the market. His exacting standards for craftsmanship are evident in the precision of bronze mounts, choice of the finest woods and veneers and period craftsmanship that insisted on perfection in every detail. Measurements: 30 1/4" H x 25" W x 16 3/4" D Condition report: In estate-found condition. Some chipping and patching to corners of the stretcher cuffs (above feet). Some roughness/ripple/repair to Marquetry inlays around wine well, likely old water damage, as well as some shrinkage cracks in the corners. Veneer patches around edges of top. Other blemish/chips to surface from use.


  • Creator
    Paul Sormani (Maker),Fils (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.25 in. (76.84 cm)Width: 25 in. (63.5 cm)Depth: 16.75 in. (42.55 cm)
  • Style
    Neoclassical (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 19th Century
  • Condition
    Repaired: Some roughness/ripple/repair to Marquetry inlays around wine well. Veneer patches around edges of top. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. See condition notes in description text.
  • Seller Location
    Shippensburg, PA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 901KJT12P | Silla, ltd.1stDibs: LU1059020351342

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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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