Gabriel Viardot (French, 1830-1906). Aesthetic movement chinoiserie cabinet. The rectangular top with raised ends houses a bronze dragon with pierced fretwork over a glazed door and opening to an arrangement of shelves, with one drawer with an archaistic style taotie mask pull with a red velvet backing. On a pierced fretwork apron and shaped bracket feet.
Provenance: From the Estate of Horst Rechelbacher, Osceola, Wisconsin.
Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda and Intelligent Nutrients, was a pioneer in the field of safe and eco-friendly cosmetics. The same curiosity that led him to explore ways to improve the beauty industry led him to travel the world, collecting rare and beautiful objects as he went.Height: 61 in x width: 38 1/2 in x depth: 16 in.
The cabinet is in good condition overall. The structure is stable and sturdy. There are no major losses and no visible repairs. The locking mechanism has been removed. The dragon is present but unattached. The drawer and door open and close smoothly. The glass is in good condition, with no chips, cracks, or scratches. Some wear to the velvet. Some wear and splitting to the veneer along the shelves; the bottom shelf shows signs of moisture exposure. Wear throughout as expected with age and use.
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