Chest of Drawers/Commode

A French Ormolu-Mounted Inlaid Kingwood & Marble-Top Petit Commode,  By Paul Sormani
19th Century

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.

Artist Biography:
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.

Inventory Number: Com50
A Fine Louis XVI Kingwood with Tulipwood & Purplewood Inlaid Commode, Stamped Crepi
18th Century

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.

Height 34 ½ in. Width 51 ½ in. Depth 24 in.

Inventory Number: Com56
A Fine Empire Ormolu-Mounted Walnut Commode
Early 19th Century

With a rectangular marble top above one frieze drawer and two long drawers, flanked by Egyptian pilasters, ending on carved mahogany paw feet.

Height 35 in. Width 50 in. Depth 23 3/4 in.

Inventory Number: Com69
An Unusual & Rare Louis XV Mahogany Commode, Bordeaux France
18th Century

With a shape top over a shaped case with three drawers all resting on cabriole feet.

Height 35 in. Width 50 ¼ in. Depth 24 ½ in.

Inventory Number: Com60
A Fine & Rare Louis XV Provincial Carved Walnut & Oak Commode
18th Century

The shaped top over a bombe case with three carved drawers all resting on carved feet.

Height 39 in. Width 61 ½ in. Depth 28 in.

Inventory Number: Com62
A Regence Mahogany Commode
Early 18th Century

The shaped top above two small drawers over two large drawers with gilt bronze pull handles, all over bracket feet 

Height 34 in. Width 48 in. Depth 23 in.

Inventory Number: Com43
A Fine Italian Baroque Walnut Commode
17th Century

The shaped rectangular top over three drawers all resting on an ebonized plinth with bracket feet.

Height 37 ½ in. Width 52 ½ in. Depth 27 in.

Inventory Number: Com61
A Fine German Baroque Walnut & Parquetry Commode
Early 18th Century

The serpentine top with various wood parquetry designs throughout over a shaped case with three serpentine drawers, all resting on bun feet.

Height 32 ½ in. Width 50 ½ in. Depth 26 in.

Inventory Number: Com54
A George III Lacquered Chest on Chest Chippendale Design
18th Century

The upper section with a molded cornice over two small drawers followed by three graduated drawers.  The bottom section with three graduated drawers all resting on chippendale style bracket feet.

Height 66 in. Width 47 in. Depth 20 in.

Inventory Number: Com35
A Louis XVI Bronze Mounted Mahogany Commode
18th Century

The marble top above three long drawers and brass inlaid fluted pilasters, all on toupie feet

Height 35 in. Width 50 in. Depth 23 in.

Inventory Number: Com17