Style Japonism, Chinoiserie / Ref.12791
Gabriel VIARDOT, Japanese display case with chimera feet and mother-of-pearl decoration
Width: 33'' ⅛ 84cm
Height: 73'' ¼ 186cm
Depth: 19'' ¼ 49cm
This beautiful display case was made circa 1880-1890 by the famous French furniture maker from the late 19th century, Gabriel Viardot (1830-1904), as indicates the signature.
The display part can be opened with a glass door and shows three shelves on a red velvet background. Its pediment taking the shape of a pagoda roof is adorned with gilt bronze chimera, frequent element on the Viardot's production. The furniture, made with tinted sycamore is adorned with a delicate decoration of inlaid Tonkin mother-of-pearl forming cherry tree branches with animals and insects. The belt canbe opened as a drawer but can also be transformed into a writing desk by taking down the facade. The whole is supported by two sculpted chimera feet and lays on a base with four small feet.
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 as it is the case on our display case, but always made with tinted sycamore wood.
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