Table 002
Magnificent Louis XVI bronze doré and bronze patiné guéridon with bleu turquin marble top and base.
The frieze of the table portrays children holding swags alternately centered with birds or squirrels. The top is supported by three curved uprights headed by satyr heads framed with patinated wreaths above stylized acanthus leaves; the inside acanthus motif is connected to a curved stem terminating in a cluster of grapes. [Now welded to their brackets.] The uprights are joined by a round stretcher hung with rings. [The internal rosettes are now lacking.] The base of each upright extends from the back of a patinated seated griffin with a scrolled ormolu tail. An ormolu pineapple with patinated leafage centers the incurvated triangular ormolu base. The table rests on an incurvated bleu turquin plinth with a large ormolu acanthus molding.

The table is very well chased and has its original gilding.

The only other known table of this model, all gilded and now missing its marble plinth and the grape clusters is in the Musée Nissim de Camondo in Paris. The Camondo table is illustrated in many books on French furniture where it is often attributed to Thomire; although, more recent scholarship attributes it to Pierre Rémond. A similar table in the Spanish royal collection shares the same frieze.

Ex Collection: Helena Rubinstein. Paris and New York
                         John Dorrance. Gladwyn, Pennsylvania

Literature: Silvie Legrand Rossi: Le Mobilier du Musée Nissim de Camondo ; Éditions Faton, 2012. Page 142 and foot notes 209 and 210.
Illustrated: August 15, 1954 Connaissance des Arts on page 19 of an article about the Rubinstein apartment in Paris.

                   Over the Top – Helena Rubinstein: Extraordinary Style, Beauty, Art, Fashion, Design: Susan Slesin; Pointed Leaf Press, New York, 2003. Pages 98-99


Height (ins.): 32" (81.25cm)      Depth (ins.): Diameter - 25" (63.5cm)
Origin: French, 18th century     Period: Louis XVI