This wonderful display cabinet is designed in an Orientaliste style, which was popular in Europe in the mid-late 19th Century. This craze was kick-started by Japan reopening to trade with the West, and exporting Japanese goods — including furniture and decorative art — to Europe.
One craftsman by the name of Gabriel Viardot (1830-1906) established a name for himself in France producing Chinese and Japanese style furniture. Created in France in the late 19th century, this cabinet is clearly inspired by Viardot’s work. Designed on several levels, this hardwood cabinet is composed of a glazed display cabinet top, a middle split into an open and closed compartment, and an open lower tier. The L-shaped upper level features a shaped roof, which flicks upwards at either end. The cabinet’s interior is lined with and original red fabric. It is contained behind 4 beveled glass doors, with stylized vegetal fretwork display shelves and mounted with openwork panels. The lower section has glass doors that reveal tiers of fretwork shelving. The cabinet stands on four legs, which flare outwards slightly and terminate in shaped feet.
35.5″ Wide x 15″ Deep x 73″ High.