A fine French gilt bronze mounted rosewood collectors vitrine cabinet, by Gabriel Viardot, Paris, circa 1880
180cm high, 92cm wide, 44cm deep
Price inc GST SOLD
For a similar example see Sotheby’s, 19th and 20th Century Furniture and Decorations, Belle Epoque series, London Friday 27th February, 1998, Lot 294, sold for 64,000 GBP.
Gabriel Viardot started his career as a wood carver joining the family firm in 1861. By 1870 he specialized in exotic furniture influenced by the Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese styles. The business thrived and continued to operate from a number of locations in Paris finally settling in the Rue Amelot where the ebeniste advertised as ‘a creator of furniture in the Chinese and Japanese genre’.
Viardot exhibited widely, including the Crystal Palace in 1851, and was both participant and jury member for the 1867, 1878 and 1889 International Exhibitions in Paris. His major success was at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle where the firm was awarded a gold medal.