A lovely French provincial chaise, 19th century, in the Louis XV taste with wonderful old flaking paint and pegged joints. The flowing curves of the carved and molded framework continue to the cabriole legs. This has a pleasant later cover in soft tones. L. 79″, w. 31″, h. 41.5″. $1895.
Here, two 18th century French 18th century chairs are to appeal to your love of this early period and taste for fine damasks. The armchair is of the early Louis XV style and period with carved cabriole legs and shaped arm supports. The is a comfortably large chair with a broad seat and raked back recently covered in a fine floral damask. H. 36″, w. 28″, d. 32″. You will not find a chair of comparable quality with this proper cover. $1795.
At right is my walnut Louis XIII backstool with strong and well executed baluster turnings. The rake of the back is comfortable and the tall serpentine crested back is appealing. We just covered this solid example in Pierre Frey’s Fadini Borghi, a beautiful silk that money cannot buy, as it is no longer produced. When you see this in person you will realize an emotional bond that will make you take it home with you. Your rational side will quickly make the same decision at my price of $995. You will never replace this French charm at this figure if you mis this one. H. 49″, w. 21″, d. 26″. Early 18th century.
This 17th century Italian credenza has a large cornice with egg and dart moldings above a central drawer over a door, all rimmed in further carving and paneling. Below, a well carved molding has stop-fluting as part of the apron above carved lion’s paw feet. A rich mellow brown tone enhances the walnut timber. A small size as these go. H. 36″, w. 29″, d. 13″.
On top of the credenza, three 17th-18th century heavy brass mortars. Call or email for pricing.
A wonderfully carved 18th century Continental console with details of branches and grape vines forming a pedestal base, is an often needed small size. H.34″, w. 33.75″ d.16″. Later faux marble. $2950 retail.
The French early 19th century Louis XVI looking glass also carved and gilded. H. 31.5″, w. 18″. $ 750.
A fine “French taste” inlaid writing table in the 18th century style by Paul Sormani, 1817-1877. It is signed on a brass plate at the drawer top edge.
Sormani received enormous attention as one of Paris’ finest and most influential ébénistes and earned worldwide acclaim by displaying his pieces at many of the world’s leading exhibitions. At the 1867 Exhibition Universelle in Paris the celebrated designer received an award and was described in the Exhibition journal as “…a distinguished ébéniste of Paris, whose works deservedly attracted the attention of the public, and received the marked approval of the connoisseur.” Paul Sormani is known to most for his incredible furnishings, many of which were beautifully interpreted reproductions of 18th-century designs.
A well detailed Rococo console, French, mid 18th century, with the stretcher mounted with a pierced shell is held by scrolling legs below a reticulated frieze with flowers, shell-work, and tendrils. The beautiful rouge marble top, veined with white and grays, conforms to the serpentine outlined base with a bold, molded rim. H. 35″, w. 45″, d. 23″. $4950.
A masterpiece 18th century French Regence commode in the sophisticated urban style with a bowfront case featuring marquetry overall with a stepped brass molded rim above fine ormolu mounts and pulls. Polished to a beautiful tone, this dramatic masterwork will prompt your best thoughts of beauty and appreciation
The provincial Louis XVI desk has great old patina with deep and rich carving. The lid displays a violin, bow, a trumpet, a French horn, and more against a background of vining leafage. The drawers are also carved. The interior has pigeon holes as well as hidden drawers. All is in sound condition with no major repairs or alterations. Click images to enlarge.