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Style Japonism, Chinoiserie / Ref.11342

Gabriel Viardot, Bureau with extensions, late 19th century

Width: 47'' ¼  120cm
Height: 29'' ½  75cm
Depth: 8'' ⅝  22cm

19th century.

This exceptional bureau with extensions is signed by the furniture maker, head of the French japonism, Gabriel Viardot (1830-1906). Its style and its decoration inspired by the Japanese art are typical of the Parisian furniture maker's creations.

Indeed, we find on the the foot where all the Japan inspired decoration sets, a mix between empty and full spaces. The strut is adorned with a beautiful and threatening dragon, which we find very often on other furniture made by Viardot. The belt engraved decoration takes from the geometrical scrolls inspired by the japanese ornamentation, they come to frame a cartouche on center depicting a floral decoration.

The extreme attention brought to the creation of this furniture by Gabriel Viardot is translateed trough the original composition and the rich decorations inspired by the Japanese art.