A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Gueridon In the Manner of Adam Weisweiler, by Zwiener Jansen Successeur.
The stretcher stamped ‘1768’ and ‘ZJ’
This rare gueridon has a green fluorspar circular top above a laurel and rose cast frieze on a blued steel background and raised on four tapering legs headed by finely cast gilt-bronze female caryatids, united by a trefoil loop stretcher and put down on stiff leaf cast feet.
The design of the leg is derived from a mount used by the ébéniste Adam Weisweiler for use on the angles of secretaires and for the legs of a table delivered by Daguerre in 1784 for Queen Marie-Antoinette, See M. Segoura, Weisweiler, Paris, 1983, p. 42.
The pattern was adopted in the 19th century by amongst others Louis-Auguste-Alfred Beurdeley (1808-1882) and his son Alfred Henry Dasson (1825-1896) and Zwiener see C. Payne, 19th Century European Furniture, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1985, p. 226.