An Empire Guéridon

Italy, circa 1815

Oak and walnut veneered with mahagony. Stone top veneered with a marble mosaic (Diaspro di Sicilia), gilt-bronze decoration.

Height: 74 cm (29 inch)
Diameter: 65 cm (25 ½ inch) Ref No: 1903

An unusual and spectacular Empire guéridon with very fine gilt-bronzes. Four sculptural ormolu swans support the circular table top, made of a marble mosaic of Diaspro di Sicilia veneered on stone. The swan, since antiquity an attribute of love, became very popular during the Neoclassical and Empire period as a decorative element, often based on designs by Charles Percier.

The design of the mahogany centre table, the quality of the bronzes and the craftsmanship plead for one of the leading furniture makers in Italy at the time.