A French 19th century Louis XVI st. Belle Époque period mahogany, ormolu and Brèche de Sicile marble commode, signed Sormani
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A sensational and extremely high quality French 19th century Louis XVI st. Belle Époque period mahogany, ormolu and Brèche de Sicile marble commode, signed Sormani. The five drawer chest is raised by elegant lightly curved legs with handsome fitted ormolu... — Read More
A sensational and extremely high quality French 19th century Louis XVI st. Belle Époque period mahogany, ormolu and Brèche de Sicile marble commode, signed Sormani. The five drawer chest is raised by elegant lightly curved legs with handsome fitted ormolu paw feet. The striking architecturally shaped frieze is centered by an impressive central ormolu mount with a finely detailed acorn finial and beautiful large acanthus leaves. The two central drawers are 'sans traverse'(without crossbar) showcasing the cabinet makers high level of skill. Stunning ormolu mounts of a woven floral basket with musical instruments, a charming tied ribbon and intricately detailed floral garlands extend over both drawers in a most unique and wonderfully executed fashion. A delicate Coeur de Rai and beaded band frames each drawer with lovely finely detailed corner rosettes while each drawer displays most elegant berried laurel pulls and lovely tied ribbons. The top central drawer displays an exceptional and most impressive pierced fitted ormolu plaque with an Entrelacs et les Rosaces pattern, fine foliate designs and beautiful rosettes. The two flanking drawers display elegant berried laurel pills and a fine beaded and Coeur de Rai trim. Each corner displays luxuriant richly chased foliate ormolu mounts while each side panel is centered by an intricately detailed floral wreath set on a fine mahogany background and framed in the same manner. Above it the original thick Brèche de Sicile marble top with a fine mottled border. — Read Less
- Item # 11267
H: 35 in L: 58 in D: 22.25 in
H: 89 cm L: 147 cm D: 57 cm
- 19th Century
- Mahogany, Marble/Stone, Ormolu
Belle Époque ,
Louis XVI st.
(Belle Époque) -
Gaining its name from the optimistic and peaceful period of time between 1871 and World War I, Belle Epoque means “beautiful period”, and occurred during the era of the Third French Republic. This period of economic, colonial, and scientific prosperity brought with it a flourishing artistic climate with numerous literal, musical, theatrical, and visual masterpieces being created.
The Eiffel Tower, which was constructed between 1887 and 1889, served as the entrance to the World’s Fair held in Paris. That same year, the Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris was founded and showcased the now more mainstream styles of performance including can-can dancing. Belle Epoque dancers and singers were Paris celebrities and became immortalized by the poster arts of Toulouse-Lautrec.
Leading up to this period in 1865, the American Civil War was coming to a close, with France proposing to construct the Statue of Liberty as a joint effort with the United States. France would be responsible for the statue, with America constructing the pedestal. Created to celebrate the nation’s success in building a viable democracy, the statue would stand as a symbol of friendship between the French and American people.
(Louis XVI st.) -
Also known as Louis Seize, Louis XVI's style is a style of architecture, furniture, decoration, and art created during Louis XVI’s 19-year reign in France, just before the French Revolution.
Thought to be a reaction and juxtaposition to the prior more elaborate styles, Louis XVI style developed at the end of the Baroque Period and continued until the birth of French Neoclassicism.
King Louis XVI showed little enthusiasm for the old world styles of the Baroque Period and he sought out a create a new “beau ideal” that focused on the purity and grandeur of Ancient Romans and Greeks.
Inspired by Ancient Roman architecture and art, distinct features of the Louis XVI style are linear lines, small repeated motifs, floral medallions hanging from ribbons, acanthus leaves, urns, dolphins, ram, and lion heads, and griffins.
Greco-Roman elements, often used in earlier and later French styles, were also quick common and included fluted and twisted columns, Caryathids, and corbels.
- Paul Sormani
Paul Sormani (1817-1877) One of the most renowned 19th century French cabinet maker and Bronzier of the highest quality. Paul Sormani established his firm in 1847 at 7 Cimetiere Saint-Nicolas in Paris. Sormani participated in major international exhibitions of 1855, 1862 and 1867. Awarded a bronze medal in 1849 and a first-class medal in 1855. At the Universal Exhibition of 1867, his work has been described as “A quality of workmanship of the highest order".
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