Sormani, Prince of the Micro-mosaic

On 14 June 2019, by Anne Doridou-Heim

When Rome meets Paris, the result is a successful marriage of great style, such as this micro-mosaic pedestal table by Sormani.

Paul Sormani (1817-1877), mahogany pedestal table and flamed mahogany veneer, stamped, the micro-mosaic top of 12 views of Rome surrounding St. Peter's Square made in Italy around 1830, gilt bronze, h. 75, diam. 84 cm.
Result: €86,360

Paul Sormani was one of the most renowned cabinetmakers in the second half of the 19th century. Starting in 1847, he made Louis XV and Louis XVI-style furniture of outstanding quality, winning awards and medals at universal and industrial exhibitions as well as the favours of Empress Eugenie. He was of Italian origin, which explains his penchant for using micro-mosaic to enhance his creations. Sormani had great ambitions for this Louis XVI-style mahogany pedestal table: he decorated the whole top with a large circular plaque featuring 12 of Rome’s most prominent landmarks around the rim and a view of Saint Peter's Square in the centre. The result, €86,360, is most justified.

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