Gabriel Viardot (1830-1906), Chinese-style table

Very fine and large chinese-style table, made out of natural tainted wood, laid on four legs with spurs and scribed crossties. This table is high quality crafting and is inspired by Far Eastern pieces of furniture adapted to the european tastes of the time. Iron marked Gabriel Viardot on one of the legs.

Public collection : Guimet Museum, Museum of Decorative Arts, Orsay Museum in Paris, Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

About the artist

Gabriel Viardot was a famous cabinet maker who inherited his family workshop around 1860. He created wooden sculpted furnitures and became well known for his Chinese and Japanese inspired furnitures. His works, true interpretations of oriental models adapted to European 19th century taste, are very often decorated with mother-of-pear inlay, lacquer plates, and btonze. In the second half of the 19th century, he developped a taste for phantasmagorical visions full of mythological animals such as dragons and salamanders. He is famous for the quality and refinement of his works and he became popular among a clientele of esthetes and collectors from the arts world (Monnet, Debussy), but also from the world of finance and bureaucracy. This is how he ended up manufacturing a desk for the President of the French Republic, Georges Clémenceau, whom he met thanks to Clémence d'Hennery, famous oriental art collector. His success was also demonstrated by a request from the famous shop L'Escalier de Cristal to get the exclusivity above six of his models. He won four medals at the 1867 Paris World's Fair, a Silver Medal at the 1878 Paris World's Fair, then the Gold Medal at the International Fair of Anvers, in 1884 and at the 1889 and 1900 Paris World's Fairs

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Dimensions

Height : 30.3 in
Length : 69.9 in
Width : 37.6 in

Time 1880-1890
Origin Paris, France
Materials Natural tainted wood
Reference table-Viardot222
Gabriel Viardot (1830-1906), Chinese-style table

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