Louis XVI Dressing Table by Paul Sormani

  • This impeccable Louis XVI style dressing table is inlaid with intricate marquetry
  • Ormolu-cast seraphim and a foliate motif trim the exquisite vanity mirror, legs and console drawers
  • All three of the table’s console drawers lock to keep precious contents safe and sound
  • Crafted by famed Venetian cabinetmaker Paul Sormani in Paris, a favorite of 19th-century royalty
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Item No. 30-9904

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Eloquent marquetry and faithful interpretation of the Louis XVI taste characterize this beautiful 19th-century dressing table by Paul Sormani. A graceful oval-shaped vanity mirror tops this impeccable design, ornamented with an ormolu framework of winged seraphim bearing striking candelabras. Delicate tendrils of ormolu-cast flora and cherubic characters adorn the clawfoot legs and drawers. Each of the table’s three console drawers are armed with locks, ensuring precious contents are kept safe and sound.

Venetian cabinetmaker Paul Sormani established his Parisian boutique specializing in crafting meubles de luxe, or “small fancy furniture,” in 1847 and soon became a fashionable favorite of French royalty. Sormani’s popularity among nobility and gentry soared after being commissioned by Empress Eugenie, wife and consort of Napoléon III, to decorate the royal palace. The Sormani House exhibited furnishings at the 1855 World's Fair in Paris where the firm's designs were awarded a silver medal and again at the 1862 World's Fair in London, placing third with a bronze medal. While exhibiting at the 1867 World Expo in Paris, Sormani's designs won yet another silver medal and were described in these terms by judges: “All production reveals quality of execution of the first order.”

Circa 1870

Signed “Sormani Paris / 134, Rd Haussmann”

45 3/4“ wide x 25 3/4” deep x 64“ high 
Louis XVI Dressing Table by Paul Sormani
Maker: Sormani, Paul
Period: 19th Century
Origin: France
Type: Occasional Tables/Étagères
Depth: 25.75 Inches
Width: 45.75 Inches
Height: 64.0 Inches
Style: Louis XVI

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