Find a furniture piece in the Early 20th Century

Create a color rendering of a relevant furniture piece in the Early 20th Century -(1915-1940). Write a two-paragraph description of the piece and its significance to the Early 20th Century European Interior or Designer you have chosen. Please choose one of the following topics:

Allom, Sir Charles
Bell, Vanessa
Colefax, Sybil
Fowler, John
Frank, Jean-Michel
Giacometti, Alberto and Diego
Gray, Eileen
Mallet-Stevens, Robert
Maugham, Syrie
Ruhlman, Jacques-Emile

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Added on 10.03.2015 04:09

Gabriel Viardot Dressing Table c.1890

As industrialization reshaped the world which was progressing from war and unrest, the Victorian Era commenced and Great Britain once again took its rightful place under the spot light. London played host to The Great Exhibition of the Industries of all Nations in 1951 and soon after in 1953 Japan opened its ports to foreign trade. It wasn t long before Japonisme had made it mark across Europe; particularly on France and Impressionism.

French furniture designer Gabriel Viardot, expert wood carver (see image 1-2) and businessman, is most readily associated with Japonisme style (see images 3-5). He dared to challenge the furniture world and produced works in other Asian styles including Vietnamese. His renowned designs were masterfully constructed of beechwood or walnut and won awards, including a gold medal in 1889. Already operating his own Paris based business, he took over his father s business in 1861. It was also located in Paris and had multiple shops which produced and sold wares such as, ornamental boxes, jardinieres, writing papers and accessories, jardinieres, wedding presents and  objects d art et de fantasie . He employed up to 100 workers and all was maintained through the end of the 19th century.

It is obvious in the design of this Dressing Table c.1890, (see image 6) thatViardot created it at the height of his career. Elegantly balancing exoticism and ornamentation with graceful lines and asymmetrical proportions, it is a gorgeous tribute to east meets west. Typical of Viardot, this beechwood piece was constructed using European techniques and craftsmanship. His choice of delicate mother-of-pearl inlays, Chinese styled fret along the back and the mythological dragon that adorn this piece are common of his artistry and pay fine tribute to the exotic Asian influences that inspired him. Composing cultural harmony are splayed legs, a long standing revival element popular throughout the western world, and posh velvet inset along the tabletop. Earmarked by the industrial revolution, he included beveled mirror and metal casters to create this very distinctive piece.

Gabriel Viardot was no ordinary furniture designer following design trends of his day, but rather, he was an artist inspired by the unique who set trends of his own. In doing so, he created timeless pieces of elegance and  bridged the gap between exotic imports and more prosaic furniture.