Ref: 2781
  • Maker / Retailer 

    Manufactured by Gabriel Viardot (1830-1906)

    Possibly retailed by ‘Minost’

  • Detail

    Walnut and rosewood, inlaid with mother of pearl, and mounted with gilt metal

    76 x 66 x 41.5 cm

    French (Paris), circa 1890

  • Marked

    Stamped under the lower shelf ‘MINOST’ (perhaps the retailer)

  • Provenance

    […]; H. Blairman & Sons; private collection

  • Notes

    Identical and similar tables have passed through the market over the past decade, some reportedly stamped ‘G. Viardot’.

    A cabinet signed ‘G. Viardot’ and ‘Paris 1888’ inside one of its doors, and raised on a base identical to the present table, is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; see Simon Jervis, intro., Art & Design in Europe and America 1800-1900, London, 1987, pp. 134-35.  A table of the same form, mounted with a dragon, but with different decoration to the top, is in the collection of the Carnegie Museum of Art (2012.30).  A further related table, signed ‘G. Viardot’, but lacking the metal mounts, is in the collection of the High Museum, Atlanta; see Donald C. Peirce, Art & Enterprise: American Decorative Art, 1825-1917 The Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection, Atlanta, 1999, no. 124.

    For further information on Viardot, who advertised as creators of furniture in ‘le genre chinois et japonais’, see Denise Ledoux-Lebard, Le Mobilier Français du XIXe Siècle, Paris, 2000, p. 614.  The firm exhibited at World’s Fairs in 1867, 1878 and 1889.

    Other firms in Paris manufacturing Chinese-inspired furniture at the end of the nineteenth century include Perret et Vibert at the ‘Maison des Bambous’, 170 Boulevard Haussmann.