Although apparently unsigned, many decorative elements are consistent with Gabriel Viardot manufacture. The carved side panels with Iris flowers, the carved ivory inlaid decoration and finally, the exact same design of the gilt-bronze mounts found on signed Viardot cabinets, reinforce our attibution.
Overall in good condition and presentation with the usual minor hairline scratches and minute nicks to veneers and carcass consistent with age and use. Tarnishing to gilt-bronze in places also consistent with age and atmospheric conditions through the years. Losses to the red lacquer of the lanterns in the right hand side door décor. The red lacquer was meant to be depicting flamed torches. Please note that this cabinet originally had an upper structure, one can notice three filled circular holes to top. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.