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Side Table Wine Serving Table Antique French Marquetry Gilt Bronze Accent Table by Paul Sormani 19th Century

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Side Table Wine Serving Table Antique French Marquetry Gilt Bronze Accent Table by Paul Sormani 19th Century
Side Table Wine Serving Table Antique French Marquetry Gilt Bronze Accent Table by Paul Sormani 19th Century
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FINE FRENCH MARQUETRY AND GILT BRONZE WINE SERVING TABLE Brass placard under lid noting Vve P. Sormani Fils, 10, r. Charlot, Paris Item 901KJT12P A most attractive wine serving table from the firm of renowned bniste, Paul Sormani. Designed with a hint of the Neoclassicism of a century prior, the angular table is raised over legs with an intense trumpeteffect, each tapering sharply to a tiny ankle with deep fluting. They are locked in place with conjoined opposing Uf, each tapering sharply to a tiny ankle with deep fluting. They are locked in place with conjoined opposing Uform stretchers over toupie feet. Throughout the table top, rich marquetry patterns and designs are elegantly worked into the surface. The sides and lid feature a woven lightanddark 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 leadlined 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 and noting the address of manufacture at 10 Rue Charlot in Paris, a premises they occupied from 1867 through 1914. For passionate collectors of fine French objects, the works by Paul Sormanis 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 at 7, Cimetire SaintNicholas in Paris as a craftsman of fine deluxe furniture (meubles de luxe) in the Louis XV and Louis XVI taste. Quickly garnering enormous attention and recognition as one of the finest bnistes 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 review of his work at the 1867 Exposition Universelle in Paris, the catalogue of the event wrote of him: ...the whole of his production exhibits craftsmanship of the highest quality (toute sa production rvle une qualit dexcution de tout premier ordre). The journal also noted him as ...a distinguished bniste of Paris, whose works deservedly attracted the attention of the public, and received the marked approval of the connoisseur. In 1854, he moved his business to 111, Rue du Temple in Paris and again in 1867 moving to 10 rue Charlot. Here his business flourished until his death in 1877, at which time his son PaulCharles (born 1848) and his wife UrsuleMarie 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, they moved the business the same year to 134, Boulevard Haussmann until 1934 when they closed their doors. 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 estatefound 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. read more