Neo-Greek Style gueridon table, Late 19th Century

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Important carved, stucco and painted wood tripod gueridon table with decoration of roaring winged lions supporting a circular flamed mahogany-veneered top. Scroll feet. Decoration of waterleaves, acanthus leaves and Antiquity rosettes.

Neo-Greek Style, Late 19th Century

Total height: 78 cm (30-3/4 in.) - Diameter of top: 76 cm (30 in.)

Barely visible older restorations on lion paws and top

Built in bronze imitation, this gueridon table borrows its decorative repertoire from Greco-Roman antiquity which was very popular during the late 19th century. This style experienced a comeback in the last decades of the 19th century well after the Napoleonic Empire earlier in that century. The multitude of references and inspiration led to a return to this fashionable style with the Second Empire. It was a tendency that faded into Art Nouveau and the 1900s.
Prestigious companies contributed in the latter years of the 19th century to reinterpreting and renovating this earlier style. Among them with particular relevance were the firms G. Servant, Barbedienne, Elkington and Fourdinois . This gueridon table can be included among these designers along with adapting a Classical repertoire. However, the construction, arrangement of elements and employed materials follow a logic of economy of means notably the use of moulded and painted stucco which was typical during the late 19th century. This type of furniture targeted a wealthy and bourgeois clientele who were eager to display some social success via a grandiose taste.

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