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A French 19th century Louis XVI st. commode att. to Paul Sormani

List: $39,500.00

A French 19th century Louis XVI st. commode att. to Paul Sormani

List: $39,500.00

A striking and important French 19th century Louis XVI st. tulipwood, kingwood and ormolu mounted 'D' shaped commode, attributed to Paul Sormani. The commode is raised by elongated inlaid topie shaped legs decorated by ormolu sabots with acanthus leaves. Above... — Read More

  • Item # 8730
  • H: 36.5 in L: 59 in D: 23.75 in

    H: 93 cm L: 150 cm D: 60 cm

  • France
  • 19th Century
  • Kingwood, Ormolu, Tulipwood
  • Louis XVI st. Read More
  • (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 Read More
  • 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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