Antique Kingwood Writing Slope Stationary Cabinet by Paul Sormani 19th C
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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 inches x Width 1 foot, 3 inches x Depth 1 foot, 1 inch
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 .
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
Our reference: 07978
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