A Fine Louis XV Style Marquetry Inlaid Commode With a Breche d'Alep Marble Top by Sormani.
French, Circa 1880.
Stamped 'SORMANI Paris' twice to the carcass, signed 'Sormani 134 boulevard Haussmann à Paris' to the lock plate.
This fine commode has a shaped breche d'Alep marble top above a body of bombe shape with two drawers, finely inlaid with foliate marquetry sans traverse, above a shaped apron centred by an acanthus mount. The drawers sport finely cast gilt-bronze foliate handles and superb acanthus cast mounts to the angles, the commode is raised on tapering legs with scrolled caps.
Born in Venice in 1817, Paul Sormani (1817-1877), was a Parisian 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' (all of his production reveals a quality of execution all of the first order').
Sormani exhibited at the International Exhibitions in Paris in 1849, 1855, 1867, 1878 and 1900, and in London in 1862, winning numerous medals.