Style Japonism, Chinoiserie / Ref.12776
Gabriel VIARDOT (attr. to) - Japanese trumeau with a demon head
Width: 50'' ⅜ 128cm
Height: 64'' ⅛ 163cm
France, 19th century
This very beautiful Japanese trumeau was made of tainted sycamore in the late 19th century very likely by the French specialist of the Japonisme, the furniture maker Gabriel Viardot (1830-1904).
Thus he imagines here a mirror framed by a blacken wood frieze with leaves sculpted in bas-relief, surmounted by a curved pediment with steps and open worked Japanese motif. Also adorne on its center with a projecting demon's head.
The furniture maker became famous from the 1870 with his production of furniture inspired by the Asiatic ones, of which he makes his specialty. He takes his inspiration from the 1867 Worlds's Fair where Japan participates for the first time. His very characteristic furniture production was sometimes inlaid with Tonkin mother-of-pearl as it is the case on our display case, but always made with tinted sycamore wood.
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