An enamel and wood writing desk signed Paul Sormani

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An enamel and wood writing desk signed Paul Sormani


Era: Napoléon 3
Materials: wood, enamel, gilt bronze.
Dim: W 32 cm / H 34 cm / D 18 cm.
Signed: P. Sormani, 10 rue Charlot


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A wood marquetry writing desk with bronze mounting. It takes the form of a scriban, opening at the front and closing with a small key. A lattice pattern runs through the whole of this miniature secretary, enhanced by ormolu elements such as balustrades, ribbons and pine cones. Two paintings in polychrome Limoges enamel adorn the writing desk: the medallion depicts a gallant scene depicting a woman in a hat sitting on a bench in front of a fountain, fanning herself while a man appears to be courting her. The second scene, painted on a support in the shape of a fan, suggests that it is a woman sewing, while three friends, looking at her, seem to be asking her questions.signed P. Sormani, 10 rue de Charlot, Paris.

Paul Sormani, who was born in Canzo (Italy) in 1817 and died in Paris 3rd on 4 February 1877, was a Parisian cabinetmaker of Lombardo-Venetian origin who set up his shop in 1847 at 7 cimetière Saint Nicolas, then in 1854 at 114 rue du Temple. It was following the Universal Exhibition of 1867 that Sormani expanded and moved to 10 rue Charlot, where his workshops took on their full importance. His son Paul-Charles Sormani, born in 1848, worked with his father and, after the latter's death, continued with his mother under the name Veuve Paul Sormani et Fils in Paris. After the 1914 war, they joined forces with Thiébaux and the company moved to 134 boulevard Haussmann, where it remained until 1934. Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III, made the company a success by decorating her palaces with Paul Sormani's creations. 


An enamel and wood writing desk signed Paul Sormani



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