This is a wonderful antique writing slope / stationary cabinet by the renowned cabinet maker Paul Sormani, C1870 in date.
This wonderful writing slope is brass inlaid with wonderful Kingwood parquetry and a scrolling bone inlaid monogramed panel to the front.
The fold back lidded comprtment is fitted with ink bottles and the slope with an inset gold toolded burgundy leather writing surface.
The brass lockplate is engraved:
10 Rue Charlot Paris
Complete with original working lock and key.
There is no mistaking its unique quality, design, and provenance, which is sure to make it a treasured piece by any discerning collector.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 21 x Width 39 x Depth 34
Dimensions in inches:
Height 8.3 x Width 15.4 x Depth 13.4
Paul Sormani, 1817-1877,
is a renowned cabinetmaker, of Italian Venetian origin.
He established his shop in 1847 at 7 Cimetière Saint Nicolas, then in 1854 at 114 Rue du Temple and then in 1867 at 10 Rue Charlot in Paris . He won a bronze medal in 1849 at the Second Republic Exhibition in Paris.
Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III , decorated her palaces with beautiful creations by Paul Sormani.
He participated in the great international exhibitions of 1855 , 1862 and 1867. He earned a silver medal at the 1855 Universal Exhibition in Paris, a bronze medal at the 1862 World Exposition in London .
At the Universal Exhibition of 1867 in Paris, his work was described in these words “all its production reveals a first-class quality of execution” , and is awarded a silver medal.
When Paul Sormani died, his son Paul-Charles and his mother Ursule Marie Philippine (née Bouvaist) resumed the activity under the name “Sormani Veuve Paul et Fils”, from 1878 .
Our reference: 07978