Georges Lucien Guyot (French, 1885-1973) A wood, Ivorine and Abalone Marquetry Panel, circa 1930


An exceptional marquetry panel by Georges Lucien Guyot, derived from his explorations and observations in the wilds of Africa. This rare marquetry panel depicts two Cheetahs fighting in a verdant landscape, picked out in exotic timbers including Mahogany, satinwood, ebony, boxwood, Karelian Birch burr, palmwood and partridge wood. Detailed with inlaid abalone shell and ivorine. The bushy plant leaves retaining their original green staining.

Signed ‘Guyot’ in marquetry lower right
France, circa 1930

Width 58cm
Height 47cm

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Marquetry panels by the French sculptor Georges Lucien Guyot are rare, his oeuvre was almost entirely known for his small, stylized figurines, watercolors, and illustrations of the animals of Africa and Asia.


Born on December 10, 1885, in Paris, France, Guyot studied woodcarving in his young adulthood, gaining technical expertise through copying religious works from the 15th century. Turning his sights to the natural world, he frequently drew animals and plants in the Jardin des Plantes de Paris, transferring his studies to sculptures in the studio. During his life, he associated with peers such as Jean-Claude de Saint-Marceaux, Paul Jouve, and François Pompon. Despite his prolific oeuvre, Guyot’s first and only exhibition was in 1970. The artist died in Paris, France in 1973.

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