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Late 19th Century 'Somani' Ormolu Inkwell



A fine quality late 19th century gilded ormolu desk inkwell, stamped; Somani, Paris. Having wonderful stylized scrolling foliate and shell like decoration, with a hinged central lid. Measures: 22cm (8.5") wide Paul Sormani (1817-1877) was a preeminent 19th century Italian cabinetmaker (ébéniste) of Lombard-Venetian origin. Having moved to Paris, Sormani established his workshop there in 1847 and soon began producing high quality items of standard and fantasy furniture, which he described as meubles de luxe (‘luxury furniture’).


  • Creator
    Paul Somani (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 3.94 in. (10 cm)Width: 8.67 in. (22 cm)Depth: 5.91 in. (15 cm)
  • Style
    Louis XIV (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Brighton, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Batch 41 52670 DZTKN1stDibs: LU1227219188372

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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Located in Brighton, United Kingdom
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