Interpretations of French Form: The Petite & Versatile Guéridon Table

French Design:  The Guéridon Table
French Design: The Guéridon Table

The distinctive table of French form of the versatile Guéridon table endures to appeal within the world of interior design. Of interest, the early Guéridon was originally referenced as a small, circular-top table supported by one pedestal or several columns with sculptural human statues or mythological figures built into them. It is perhaps no surprise that the legs that would support the early Guéridons were often modeled after ancient Egyptian and Greek forms. Appreciation of history and form, for certain. Having originated in France towards the middle of the 17th century, the table is also referenced as “A small ornamental table, pedestal, candle stand” (or a torchere, which is a tall ornamental flat-topped stand, traditionally used as a stand for a candlestick). Originally these tables were one-legged pedestals often positioned in front of mirrors so the candlelight could be reflected upon the glass…alas, homage to the Hall Of Mirrors at Versailles

"Hall Of Mirrors" At Versailles/France
“Hall Of Mirrors” At Versailles/France
Louis XIV of France (1643-1715) &  The GUÉRIDON Table In The Style Of Louis XIV
Louis XIV of France (1643-1715) & The GUÉRIDON Table In The Style Of Louis XIV

However one views these petite, elegant and versatile tables, their history is certainly linked to the world of the French court of King Louis XIV. Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) iconically known as the Sun King (le Roi-Soleil) was a monarch of the House of Bourbon and ruled as King of France from 1643 until his death in 1715. With a reign of 72 years it is no wonder that his influence within interior design would impact the interior world that surrounded him within his world at Versailles. Within that world, was the Guéridon. Tall candle stands of gilded appeal. Alas, the stunning grandeur of Versailles’ “Hall of Mirrors” with Guéridons holding flickering flames of magical delight! Of course, the style of the petite table would evolve beyond the columned legs or legs decorated with mythological figures into a tripod form. By the end of the 18th century the evolution of design offered a revised function of portability. A trio of three legs on lower tables would offer lightweight, timeless style.

Guéridon tables can be either simple in form or formed with detailed carved wood that was gilded for further distinction and grandeur. Many boasted marble top insets. Variations, indeed. Like fashion, interiors and their embellishments also evolve. It is interesting to note that a variety of small occasional tables are now referred to as Guéridons. Part of the lineage of Guéridon table history, for certain. The decorative and versatile Guéridon tables are not only striking and decorative but are an asset in small spaces serving as an occasional table of stylish form & function. Of note, although the history and lineage and origin of the term Guéridon varies, including a link to the statues of Moorish figures, these tables are worthy of appreciation, indeed…

The Guéridon Table: Form & Function
The Guéridon Table: Form & Function
Versatile Tables Of French Appeal:   The Guéridon Table
Versatile Tables Of French Appeal: The Guéridon Table

The Guéridon Table: French Appeal

Tables Of Distinction:   The Guéridon Table
Tables Of Distinction: The Guéridon Table
 The Guéridon Table:  Forms Of Function & Display
The Guéridon Table: Forms Of Function & Display
Varied Forms Of Petite Elegance:  The Gueridon Table
Varied Forms Of Petite Elegance: The Guéridon Table
Stylish & Distinctive: The Guéridon Table
Stylish & Distinctive: The Guéridon Table
Variations Of French Interpretation:  The Gueridon Table
Variations Of French Interpretation: The Guéridon Table
Moveable, Versatile Appeal Of Classic Form:  The Gueridon Table
Moveable, Versatile Appeal Of Classic Form: The Guéridon Table

Consider the history, form and function of these versatile tables of small form. For those of us that may not acquire a French Guéridon table of historical importance, the reproduction of this table and the modern variances in its form are vast. Modern interpretations of a classic will certainly endure within the world of interior design. Decorative and versatile tables of interpreted French form, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

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