Style Japonism, Chinoiserie / Ref.11368
Gabriel Viardot (attributed to) - Japanese style presentation cabinet with a laquer and mother-of-pearl decor
Width: 43'' ¼ 110cm
Height: 80'' ¾ 205cm
Depth: 18'' ⅞ 48cm
France, 19th century
This presentation furniture made of tainted sycamore made in the 19th century was certainely a work by the Japanese style furniture maker Gabriel Viardot (1830-1904).
Gabriel Viardot became famous from the 1870 with his production of furniture inspired by the Asiatic ones, of which he makes his specialty. He takes his inspiration from the 1867 Worlds's Fair where Japan participates for the first time. His very characteristic furniture production was sometimes inlaid with Tonkin mother-of-pearl, but always made with tinted sycamore wood.
Thus, our furniture is divided into two parts. The superior part forms a display opening by a glass door and giving access to the asymmetrical shelves. It is surmounted by a polished varnished bronze dragon that we find very often on the furniture maker's production. The lower part also shows shelves of which the mount is adorned with coiled polished varnished dragon and a lacquered door adorned with birds in a roses and hydrangeas mother-of-pearls decoration.
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