The stepped moulded oversailing cornice centred by a carved relief cresting, above a pair of doors with raised and stepped panels, the carved spandrels with figures, enclosing a plain interior, flanked and divided by carved pilasters headed by figural capitals, above a base drawer with raised panels, on bun feet. Doors are stamped.Height 97 in. Width 103 in. Depth 38 in.
Of bombe form, fitted with three drawers, decorated throughout with marquetry and bone inlaid also depicting hunt scenes throughout, all resting on spade legs.Height 35in. Width 50 1/2 in. Depth 24 in.
The rectangular faux marble top with outset square corners, above a conforming case fitted with three long graduated drawers, flanked by fluted stiles headed by roundels and ending in tapering square feet.
Height 101 in. Width 59 in. Depth 24 in.
A rectangular marble top over two drawers with ormolu mounts over cabriole legs ending in sabots.
The drawer with brass plaque inscribed 'PAUL SORMANI 10 R CHARLOT PARIS'
Height 32½in. Width 23 ½ in. Depth 14 in.
Paul Sormani (1817-1877), was born in Venice in 1817, and was a 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'.
Sormani exhibited in Paris in 1849, 1855, 1862, 1867, 1878 and 1900, and in London in 1862, winning numerous medals. Amongst the items Sormani exhibited at the 1900 Exposition Universelle were a Louis XV style bureau and a Louis XVI style commode both based on originals held in the Jones Collection at the South Kensington Museum.
It can be difficult to date Sormani's work, as the firm produced furniture for nearly ninety years. However, when Paul Sormani died in 1877, his wife and son took over the business and from this date onwards pieces are normally signed 'Veuve Sormani & Fils'.Height 32½in. Width 23 ½ in. Depth 14 in.
Francois Crepi maitre 1778
Similar Commode, Versailles
Illustrated in “Le Mobilier Francais Du XVIII Siecle Dictionnaire des Ebenistes, pg. 218-219
The mottled top with canted corners, over three drawers, raised on cabriole legs with sabots.
With Tulipwood & Purplewood inlaid throughout.