Second Empire period ormolu mounted commode by Sormani
French, c. 1860
Height 86cm, width 151cm, depth 65cm
This superb commode is by the celebrated French ébéniste Paul Sormani. The commode is of bombe shape, with a serpentine marble top above and a body mounted profusely with ormolu. The edges of the commode are set with ormolu espagnolettes, while the front and sides feature a series of blind ormolu frames moulded as acanthus leaves adorned with floral sprays. The commode features two drawers, and is marked under the marble to the back ‘SORMANI’.