Former student of Millet and Fremiet at the parisian Beaux-Arts, he becomes very young a talented animal sculptor. He received many public orders for his powerful fauve groups. He presents his work at the Salon from his early 20s and experiences his first success in 1887. Made out of plaster, his works will be edited in bronze, marble or many different materials ordered by rich clients. Gardet will be renowed as the most talented animalist of his period. His work has been edited in bronze by Thiebaut, Barbedienne, and others.