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This rare gueridon has a gilt-bronze banded circular top, finely inlaid with boulle tortoiseshell and brass marquetry inlay, with arabesque designs in the manner of Jean Berrain. The frieze is centred to each side by finely cast female masks framed by laurel leaves against panels of boulle marquetry inlaid acanthus. The table is raised on tapering, square section legs, united by a hipped stretcher with a central boss and put down on acanthus banded feet.
The finely inlaid boulle table top features arabesque designs after the drawings of the important seventeenth century court designer Jean Berain (1639-1711), whose designs for ornament proved widely influential.
The table top is centred by a stapwork cartouche depicting the birth of Venus, with four further cartouches representing figures from Greek Mythology; Diana as The Hunter with her Bow and Arrow, Hercules battling with the Lernaean Hydra, Poseidon with his Trident and the Goddess Hera in her chariot. The figures which sit within a complex strapwork and arabesque background, are derived from the published designs of Jean Berain; in particular the central cartouche of the Birth of Venus, set beneath an arabesque canopy, is taken from Berain's drawing for 'La Naissance de Venus', published in Paris in 1696.
|Height||77.00 cm||(30.31 inches)|