A Parquetry and Ormolu Ladies Writing Table

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Object Description

An Elegant Table à Écrire
By Paul Sormani

Constructed from bois satiné and amaranth, with geometric cubed parquetry inlay, the writing table on slender cabriole legs with ormolu floral espagnolettes and scrolled sabots, the inverted breakfront having a central quarter-veneered open compartment and a writing slide above with two-tiered niches to the sides; the top with a parquetry inlay and a three-quarter ormolu gallery surmounted by two twin-armed candleholders of stylised acanthus. Signed twice by the maker in the bronze.
French, circa 1870

Object Literature

An identical model by Sormani illustrated in Ledoux-Lebard’s dictionary of furniture makers, with a variation of compartments.

Denise Ledoux-Lebard. Le mobilier francais du XIXe siècle, 1795-1889 : dictionnaire des ébénistes et des menuisiers, Paris: Éditions de l’amateur, 2000, p. 586.

Object Condition

Excellent condition

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