Style Japonism, Chinoiserie / Ref.03186
Maison des Bambous de Perret et Vibert (attrib. to), Large central coffee table.
Width: 35'' ⅜ 90cm
Height: 29'' ⅞ 76cm
Walnut, panel with Tonkin inlaid mother of pearl
The inspiration of Far-Eastern creations was crucial to the production of this coffee table. Decorated with latticed wood frizzes, clawed feet as well as elements of gilded bronze openwork, this living room piece is of superb quality.
Its circular top is made from a panel inlaid with mother of pearl coming from Tonkin. The reuse of this panel coming from a furniture piece or from a tabletop is proved by the shortening of some decorative motifs. The mother of pearl décor is quite elegant: in a woody and flowery environment, some small pagodas and other Chinese architecture are depicted. In the lower part, a bridge is shown, on which two men and a horseman pass.
In the middle of this scene appears a cursive inscription called the “style of the grass,” artistic writing where the different characters are drawn in a single movement. The writing means: “Collect the flower petals of the plum tree and share their perfume with visitors.” The presence of this inscription proves this panel is a Chinese production.
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