Style Japonism, Chinoiserie / Ref.11212
Perret et Vibert (attr. to) - Japanese style piano with an Oriental dragon
Width: 59'' ⅞ 152cm
Height: 50'' ¾ 129cm
Depth: 24'' 61cm
France, 19th century
This beautiful Japanese style piano was attributed to Perret and Vibert, a company that took the name Maison des Bambous in the early 1890s and became internationally renowned, thanks in particular to its prestigious clientele.
This instrument was made in the 19th century from an exotic semi-precious wood characteristic of the company's achievements: sycamore. Its keys are made of ivory and it is decorated with mother-of-pearl inlays representing Japanese characters. The upper part of the instrument features two arms of gilded bronze lights and represents three Japanese women in a hilly landscape. One of them crosses a bridge and a pagoda is visible in the distance. A few elements of vegetation and a cloud inspired by Japanese ornamental vocabulary bring naturalism to the scene. The lower part represents two men, one of whom stands in front of the embrasure of a building in a landscape similar to that of the upper part. An oriental dragon is inserted between geometric Japanese ornamental elements adorning the two panels. The keyboard is supported by two chimeras and its cover is decorated with an elegant engraved decoration representing a cartouche, flowers and arabesques. The sides of the piano are decorated with reeds and aquatic plants. Finally, the top of the piano evokes the roofs of pagodas.
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