French Table Mouchoir, By Paul Sormani, Late 19th C.
A FRENCH TABLE MOUCHOIR, BY PAUL SORMANI, LATE 19TH CENTURY
Ormolu-mounted kingwood envelope card table, the square top with four hinged triangular segments, each flap opening to reveal a green baize-lined interior, above a frieze drawer, the lockplate engraved SORMANI PARIS/134 Bould. Haussmann, on cabriole legs each headed by a floral clasp, on scrolling sabots.
Height 27 3/4in. (70.5cm.) by Width 23.5in. (60cm.).
Literature: D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Mobilier Francais du XIXe Siècle, Paris, 1984, pp. 583 & 585 (a similar card table illustrated). R5711
Paul Sormani was born in the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venice in 1817, and produced standard and fantasy furniture from a number of locations in Paris from the mid-19th Century. In 1858 he expanded his business, producing articles styled from the previous century's maître ebenistes, and in 1867 established workshops at 10, rue Charlot. After Sormani's death in 1877, the business continued by his widow and son, Paul-Charles, under the name Sormani Veuve Paul et Fils. The business later moved to 134, boulevard Haussman.
In very good condition, with normal wear.