Style Japonism, Chinoiserie / Ref.11312
Japanese style cabinet bottom decorated with birds and mother-of-pearl butterflies
Width: 44'' ⅞ 114cm
Height: 51'' ⅛ 130cm
Depth: 19'' ¼ 49cm
France, 19th century
Far Eastern-inspired cabinet bottom, with openwork and engraved decorative motifs, enhanced with gilded bronze openworked plaques. It opens with two flaps trimmed with mother-of-pearl panels decorated with birds and butterflies, with asymmetrical open shelves in the right and upper parts.
Mother-of-pearl inlays from Tonkin are quite common in so-called "japanese" style furniture and are witnesses of a practice very common in the 19th century: the re-use. These inlaid panels were made in the Far East to adorn furniture. Imported in France, these panels were used by Parisian cabinetmakers at the turn of the century to decorate their own creations. The asymmetry of this piece of furniture is one of the hallmarks of chinese and japanese furniture in the late 19th century. This piece of Far Eastern inspiration is thus quite representative of the period known as "Japonisme", which expands in Europe in the second half of the 19th century, especially under the impulse of the World's Fairs .
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