Style Japonism, Chinoiserie / Ref.11309
Gabriel VIARDOT - Secretary with a Buddhist monk, signed and dated 1886
Width: 28'' 71cm
Height: 62'' ⅝ 159cm
Depth: 18'' ½ 47cm
Signed "G. Viardot Paris 1886"
Walnut, gilded bronze, inlaid Tonkin mother of pearl, Japanese panel with lacquer decor.
This beautiful sloping desk is signed by Gabriel Viardot and dated in 1886. The presence of a date on a piece by Gabriel Viardot is a point in itself and worth noting. The great quality of production of this sloping desk probably explains its presence.
Faithful to the Japanese productions, this desk with classic construction has an assymetrical composition, notably in its upper part. In the center of it is a drawer around which shelves and cabinets are distributed. The box located in the lower part is closed by a door adorned with Tonkin mother of pearl inlays, an element reused according to a then customary practice. Below, a small square-shaped box is closed by a panel with a lacquer decor from Japan. An Buddhist monk is depicted there seated and dressed in a rich tunic with gilded motifs. His face is very meticulously represented, engraved in the ivory.
The panel closing the desk is also decorated with inlaid Tonkin mother of pearl.
The great quality of this desk and the attention to the decor that it presents make this piece an exceptional production of Gabriel Viardot.
Price: on request
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