If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.
What is a gueridon?
GUERIDON (Rhymes with Aubusson): A small, typically round, side table. It originated in France and Italy in the second half of the 17th century. Andrea Brustolon created some of the finest specimens. A few survive today in the Ca’ Rezzonico in Venice. Later examples often have neoclassical motifs.
The gueridon takes many forms. Sometimes the tabletop is supported by columns or figures such as caryatids.
Here are a few other classic examples.
Maison Jansen’s tripod form.
(The next Design Dictionary will cover campaign furniture in detail.) Quick review: the side table sits in front of a beautiful Art Nouveau bed (note the whiplash curves on the headboard).
Louis XVI style.
Fornasetti created an eye-catching version.
I am a big fan of this type of side table and own two. Here is the one I use as my nightstand.
If I were shopping for one today, I would look hard at these two tables. The first is from Distant Origin.
I also like Van Collier’s gueridon from their Gingko collection. I discovered Van Collier a few years back at High Point Market.