Dimensions: H: 55 in / 139 cm | W: 32.5 in / 81.5 cm | D: 15 in / 37.5 cmDescription
A Louis XVI Style Secrétaire à abattant
Firmly attributed to Paul Sormani
Constructed from the finest plum-pludding mahogany, dressed with gilt bronze mounts and incorporating a floral painted panel, rising from tapering fluted legs joined by an undertier; the apron dressed with winged putti housing a single drawer; over, the rectangular secretaire of slight breakfront proportions having a lockable fall-front door dressed with ribbon-tied floral garlands and a fitted painted floral panel, opening to reveal a fitted shelved interior with four drawers; having a three-quarter bronze gallery above a panelled frieze incorporating a guilloche mount.
French, Circa 1870
A nearly identical secrétaire à abattant by Sormani, also incorporating a painted panel, is illustrated in Camille Mestdagh’s study of the finest French 19th century furniture. A similar model, lacking the painted panel, signed Sormani on the lockplate, sold Christie’s New York, December 2008.
Camille Mestdagh, and Pierre Lecoules. L'ameublement d'art français 1850-1900. Paris: Éd. de l'Amateur, 2010, pp. 295-300 (illus. p. 298).
Christopher Payne. Paris Furniture: The Luxury Market of the 19th Century, Château de Saint-Rémy: Éditions Monelle Hayot, 2018, pp. 511-527.
Denise Ledoux-Lebard. Le mobilier francais du XIXe siècle, 1795-1889 : dictionnaire des ébénistes et des menuisiers, Paris: Éditions de l'amateur, 2000, pp. 581-588.