Style Japonism, Chinoiserie / Ref.11313
Gabirel VIARDOT (1830-1906) - Japanese style shelf cabinet with mother of pearl decoration
Width: 53'' ⅛ 135cm
Height: 61'' 155cm
Depth: 17'' ⅜ 44cm
France, 19th century
Stamped "G. VIARDOT".
This cabinet with shelves is signed by the Parisian cabinetmaker Gabriel Viardot and has a rich japanese style decor: dragon, heron and turtle in bronze, inlaid ivory, bone and mother of pearl decorated with flowering branches. It opens with three doors and a drawer.
It is surmounted by an important Foo dog in gilt bronze, which is one of Gabriel Viardot's trademarks.
Its asymmetrical construction is characteristic of the creations of the Parisian cabinetmaker. The composition thus alternates solid elements and empty spaces. The central leaf is adorned with a carved and inlaid mother-of-pearl panel from Tonkin.
The most outstanding decorative element of this cabinet is a Foo dog crowning the piece of furniture. To the right of the cabinet, supporting a tablet, a crane resting on the back of a turtle is also made out of gilt bronze as the sinuous dragon located in the lower part of the furniture. These are, just like the winding base, often present on the furnitures by Gabriel Viardot.
A similar piece of furniture decorated with different decorative panels is presented on our site under reference 11372.
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