"Louis XVI Style Desk Signed Sormani"PAUL SORMANI. Elegant small flat desk in mahogany and mahogany veneer. It opens with three drawers in a belt and rests on sheathed feet. Leather ingot top, beautiful gilt bronze trim: hooves, nets, pull handles and keyhole. Louis XVI style, around 1860. Varnished with a pad in our workshop. Signed P. SORMANI, PARIS 10 rue Charlot, on the lock. Height 73 cm, width 100 cm, depth 60 cm. Delivery possible. Paul Sormani was born in Venice in 1817. He established a cabinetmaking workshop in 1847 in Paris. His specialty quickly became the reproduction of 18th century furniture, in particular Louis XV and Louis XVI styles. During the Universal Exhibitions of 1855, 1862 and 1867, he received a medal and increased his clientele. He sells furniture to the Empress Eugenie. Paul Sormani moved to 10 rue Charlot from 1867, where he enjoyed great success until his death in 1877. His wife and son Paul-Charles continued manufacturing under the name of "Veuve Sormani & fils". The Sormani house was again rewarded at the Universal Exhibition of 1878 and that of 1892, as well as at the colonial exhibition 1883. In 1914, the Sormani house joined forces with the Thiebaud brothers house to become Thiebaud-Sormani. She exhibited under this name in 1925 at the international exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts. In 1934, the death of Paul-Charles Sormani led the house to close permanently. The Sormani house is known for having produced furniture but also objects of tabletteries like jewelry boxes or liquor cellars.