Style Japonism, Chinoiserie / Ref.11292
Maison des Bmbous Alfred PERRET and Ernest VIBERT (attributed to) - Japanese flat desk with mother-of-pearl and ivory decoration
Width: 57'' ⅞ 147cm
Height: 31'' ½ 80cm
Depth: 29'' ½ 75cm
France, 19th century
This desk, inspired by the Far East, was created in the 19th century. The parchment leaf-style tray and the five drawers are engraved and inlaid with floral motifs, birds, insects and butterflies in ivory and mother-of-pearl. The belt is decorated with openwork Chinese motifs. The pedestal with spacer is sculpted and finished with claw feet.
This Japanese style desk is typical of its time and of the creations by Perret and Vibert. The decorative arts of the late 19th century testifies to a renewed attraction for Far Eastern creations and divert the codes of the Japanese art to apply them to perfectly Western furniture.
The Maison des Bambous by Perret and Vibert is the place to be for lovers of Japanese objects at the end of the 19th century. Alfred Perret founded, in 1879 in Paris, a house specialized in the production of bamboo and luxury basketry furniture, as well as in the importation of authentically Japanese objects for a well-off clientele. The company specializes in the early 1880s in the manufacture of lacquered and carved wood Japanese style furniture. In 1886, it is taken by the son of Alfred Perret and Ernest Vibert and becomes "Perret and Vibert". It will take the name of "La Maison des Bambous" in the early 1890s.
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