A Chinese Inspired Walnut French Cabinet By Gabriel Viardot. the upper section having an Oriental pierced canopy with a cast bronze dragon applique, above a shaped bevelled glazed door enclosing display shelves. the right hand side having open pierced fretwork spandrels to the open shelves which are supported on a Chinese temple column. The lower section again with a shaped bevelled glazed door with further open fretwork shelves and having a single mahogany lined drawer with applied ivory floral detail. The whole raised on shaped squat cabriole feet. French in the Chinese Style circa 1900
Gabriel Viardot (1830 - 1906)Parisian cabinet-maker, Gabriel Viardot inherited his family workshop.
He manufactured wooden sculpted furniture and was recognized as a clever specialist for his Chinese and Japanese furniture, in the spirit of eclecticism in vogue at the time.
His creations were free interpretations of oriental models, adapted to European 19th century taste, and often including animals, this theme being very appreciated since 1850.
In the second half of the 19th century, he developed a taste for fantastic visions, in which were included animals coming from old and remote worlds such as, dragons or salamanders.
Gabriel Viardot was famous for the fine quality and refinement of his pieces.
He provided mainly a clientèle of amateurs, aesthetes and collectors coming from the artistic circles (Monet, Debussy), the world of finance and high administration.
He realized a famous desk in U shape for the President of French Republic, Georges CLEMENCEAU, who was presented to him by the famous oriental art collector, Clémence d’Hennery.
Gabriel VIARDOT’s creations were very successful and he won four medals
- in the 1867 Paris Exposition universelle,
- a silver medal in the 1878 Paris Exposition universelle
- the gold medal in the Antwerpen international exhibition in 1884 - a gold medal too in the 1899 and 1900 Paris Expositions universelles.
Condition: This cabinet is in excellent original condition, cleaned and waxed in our showrooms. Minor scuffs consistent with age and use
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