Gabriel Viardot. Display case of Japanese style in molded wood, patinated and openwork with bone and mother-of-pearl decoration
A bronze dragon leans on the pediment looking down on a couple dressed in kimonos in a bamboo grove.
The shelves are asymmetrical.
A beveled glass display case opens onto a niche lined with orange silk velvet, the key of which is personalized with the initials GV.
Ornaments in polished bronze varnish, a frequent element in Viardot's work, give rhythm to this piece of furniture.
This cabinet rests on four feet with geometric scrolls.
Signed at the top of the front left foot
Related works: Musée d'Orsay, Paris; Victoria & Albert Museum, London. A shelf cabinet signed and dated 1888 in the home of Monsieur Marc Maison is decorated with a similar dragon.
Museums: Musée d'Orsay; MAD Paris; Musée Roybet Fould France.
Corning Museum of Glass , Corning NY. USA
Bibliography: Céline Béral's thesis Sorbonne University UFR D'histoire de l'art .
Sponsors and buyers : Georges Clemenceau , Clémence & Adolphe d'Ennery, Atelier de Cristal