By 1860, his talents had led him to open his own workshop in France, which he ran as a family business, with himself at the helm, until 1872.

What set Viardot apart from furniture designers at the time was his devotion to creating Chinese-Japanese style furniture. Thanks to his exquisite designs, it comes as no surprise that he won four medals at the World's Fair in 1867; a silver medal at the same event in 1878 and a gold medal at the 1885 World Exhibition of Antwerp.

DSC_1707 copy Gabriel Viardot (1830 - 1906) French, A fine late 19th century French four tier walnut display stand in the French Japonism taste circa 1887
Estimate: £1 000 - £1 500

DSC_1704 Gabriel Viardot (1830 - 1906) French, A fine late 19th century French walnut bank of display shelves in the French Japonism taste circa 1885
Estimate: £1 000-£1 500

 

Towards the end of the 19th century, Viardot's workshop employed 100 sculptors and cabinetmakers, all of whom were educated by Viardot himself. His accomplishments did not end there: in 1885 he was ranked a Knight in the Legion of Honor. In 1889 he won a gold medal at the World Exhibition in Paris and was awarded gold, once again, at the 1900 World's Fair.

Gabriel Viardot (1830 - 1906) French, An important late 19th century French walnut side cabinet in the French Japonism tasteEstimate: £2 000-£3 000 Gabriel Viardot (1830 - 1906) French, An important late 19th century French walnut side cabinet in the French Japonism taste
Estimate: £2 000-£3 000

On 26th August at Dawson's Auctioneers, in Maidenhead, the collection of the late Anthony Tooth, a London gallery owner, who owned the Anthony Tooth Gallery in the 1960s, will be coming up for sale. The collection features outstanding examples of Vairdot's work, all of which are featured in this article.

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