REF NO : B76141

Paul Sormani

A Pair of Louis XVI Style Brûle-Parfum Vases

France, Dated 1887

£14,500

A Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Cobalt Blue Ground Porcelain Brûle-Parfum Vases, By Henry Dasson. Signed to the gilt-bronze foot 'Henry...

Dimensions

Height: 30 cm (12 in)
Width: 18 cm (8 in)
Depth: 17 cm (7 in)
REF NO : B76141

Description

A Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Cobalt Blue Ground Porcelain Brûle-Parfum Vases, By Henry Dasson.

Signed to the gilt-bronze foot ‘Henry Dasson 1887’ and stamped ‘HD’.

Each domed cover surmounted by a pomegranate and vine-leaf final, above a pierced entrelac cast rim, the tapering bodies applied with lion-masks holding loops surrounded by crossed-laurel branches, on a wreath cast and canted square foot.

French, dated 1887.

Henry Dasson is renowned for the exceptional quality of his gilt-bronze mounts, which are characterised by their fine casting and chasing and the use of two tone matt and burnished gilding.

 

Date

Dated 1887

Origin

France

Medium

Gilt-Bronze and Porcelain

Signature

Signed to the gilt-bronze foot 'Henry Dasson 1887' and stamped 'HD'.

Paul Sormani

Born in Venice in 1817, Paul Sormani (1817-1877), was a Parisian maker of fine ‘meubles de luxe’. His work was described in the catalogue of the 1867 Exposition Universelle as: ‘toute sa production révèle une qualité d’exécution de tout premier ordre’ (all of his production reveals a quality of execution all of the first order’).

Sormani exhibited at the International Exhibitions in Paris in 1849, 1855, 1867, 1878 and 1900, and in London in 1862, winning numerous medals.

Paul Sormani established the firm in 1847 at 7 Cimetière Saint-Nicolas in Paris, moving in 1854 to 114 rue du Temple, and in 1867 to 10 rue Charlot.

After his death in 1877 Sormani’s son Paul-Charles took over the business that later moved to 134 Boulevard Haussmann.

It can be difficult to date Sormani’s work, as the firm produced furniture for nearly ninety years. However, when Paul Sormani died in 1877, his wife and son took over the business and from this date onwards pieces are normally signed ‘Veuve Sormani & Fils’.

Bibliography:
Mestdagh, Camille & Lécoules, Pierre. L’Ameublement d’art français : 1850-1900, Les Editions de l’Amateur, (Paris), 2010.

Meyer, Jonathan. Great Exhibitions – London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collectors’ Club, (Woodbridge, UK), 2006.

Ledoux – Lebard, Denise. Les Ébénistes du XIXe siècle, Les Editions de L’Amateur, (Paris), 1984; pp. 583-588.

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