Sotheby's London, February 27, 1998, lot 294 (£71,900)
Gabriel Viardot (1830-1904) was one of the leading cabinetmakers working in Paris in the second half of the nineteenth century and a major exponent of furniture heavily inspired by Japanese and Chinese taste. He exhibited at the Paris Expositions Universelles of 1867, 1889 and 1900, and at the height of his activity he employed nearly 100 craftsmen in his workshop.
In good overall condition with only minor nicks, scratches, and rubbing to wood and metal surfaces consistent with age. External shelves with some water stains and moisture rings. Ready to use. 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.