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Antique Kingwood & Marquetry Table De Toilette after Jean-François Oeben Attributed to Paul Sormani

Attributed to Paul Sormani

A late 19th century, French, kingwood and marquetry table de toilette after the model by Jean-François Oeben held in the V&A collection. The shaped top with central  floral marquetry panel with parquetry border sliding back above a frieze drawer fitted with easel mirror and side compartments lined with silk, supported by four slender cabriole legs ending in gilt bronze sabots.

Height 28 1/2″ (72.5cm)

Width 28 3/4″ (73cm)

Depth 14 1/2″ ( 37cm)


Circa 1870

This table can be attributed to Paul Sormani. For an identical table see Lot 124 Christies sale 8023 The opulent Eye-500 Years Decorative Arts Europe 22nd September 2011 engraved to the lock plate  ‘SORMANI PARIS  134 Bould Haussman

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Antique Commode by Georges-Francois Alix

Georges-Francois Alix (1846-1906) Retailed by Edwards & Roberts.
A late 19th century Kingwood, satiné & ormolu mounted Louis XV style commode of small proportions & serpentine form. The shaped Brèche d’Alep marble top above a pair of marquetry inlaid doors, opening to reveal three walnut lined drawers, flanked by rams heads mounts. The sides quarter veneered with satiné, and standing on slender cabriole legs. Labelled and stamped ‘Edwards & Roberts’ the top carcass stamped ‘ALIX’. Marble top with old repair. Mounts regilded.

Georges-François Alix (1846-1906) was established at 46, rue de Charonne and in 1878 moved to 6 bis, rue Richard Lenoir. He specialised in ‘meubles genre ancien, bronzes et marqueteries‘ and exhibited at the Paris Expositions of 1884, 1885 and 1889.

Height 32 1/2” (82.5cm)

Width 25” (63.5cm)

Depth 13 3/8” (34cm)


Circa 1890

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Antique Maples & Co Mahogany Marquetry Inlaid Bookcase

Retailed by Maples & Co

Probably made by Edwards & Roberts

A late 19th century mahogany and marquetry inlaid bookcase cabinet. The pierced swan neck pediment above a moulded cornice with Greek key frieze inlaid with anthemions, a pair of astragal glazed doors below enclosing adjustable shelves, flanked by fluted canted corners. The base with a pair of urn inlaid doors enclosing a single adjustable shelf, again with fluted canted corners, standing on shaped plinth base with bracket feet. The door with enamel plaque ‘From Maples & Co London’.

Height 94 1/2″ (240)

Width 44″ (112cm)

Depth 15″ (38cm)


Circa 1890

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Antique Late Victorian Mahogany & Marquetry Circular Centre Table

Attributed to Edwards & Roberts

A late 19th century, Victorian, mahogany & marquetry inlaid centre table. The circular top inlaid with a central roundel finely engraved with pen & ink decoration, with scalloped radiating flame mahogany panels and wide satinwood & kingwood bandings. The narrow frieze standing on four square section tapering legs ending in spade feet and original brass castors. The legs united by a wavy stretcher with central boss.

Height 28 1/2″ (72cm)

Diameter 29 1/2″ (75cm)


Circa 1890