Chest of Drawers/Commode
Conceived by the renown furniture designer John Stuart for Johnson Furniture Company. Stuart started John Stuart, Inc. in 1934 with his partners Herbert M. Rothschild and Herman S. Gelbin. Stuart also owned the famous John Widdicomb Company. The Stuart showroom became one of the premier Modern Show rooms in the world showing Scandinavian designs. It was the only air-conditioned showroom in NYC in 1940. Stuart worked with Johnson Furniture Company who produced only expensive items for its wealthy clientele. Johnson Furniture employed several prolific designers of time, to include Paul Frankl, Renzo Rutili, Bert England. Clearly John Stuart was part of the design elite responsible for creating some of the most desired and collected furniture items from the mid century modern movementHeight 29 ½ in. Width 75 in. Depth 20 in.
Inventory Number: Com 53
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.
Inventory Number: Com71
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.
Inventory Number: Com66
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.
Inventory Number: Com50
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.
Inventory Number: Com56
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
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