by Lynn Byrne
“If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.”
“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” –Socrates
GUERIDON (Rhymes with Aubusson): A small, typically round, table designed to hold candelabra or other small articles. It originated in France and Italy in the second half of the 17th century. Andrea Brustolon created some of the finest examples, some of which survive today in the Ca’ Rezzonico in Venice. Gueridons take many forms. Often the tabletop is supported by columns or figures such as caryatids. Later examples from the 18th and 19th centuries were frequently Neoclassical in form.
French vintage gueridon with lucite columns.
A tripod form of gueridon by Maison Jansen.
Campaign-style gueridon (next Design Dictionary will feature campaign furniture) in front of a beautiful Art Nouveau bed (note the whiplash curves on the headboard).
Gueridon by Fornasetti.
I am a big fan of the gueridon. I own two of them, including this metal and marble vintage gueridon used as my nightstand.
In my office, I have a Louis XVI style gueridon very similar to this one.
While my gueridons are vintage, if I were shopping today for a contemporary piece, I would look hard at these two tables. The first gueridon 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.
Photo Credits: Empire Blackamoor . Lucite column base. Gueridon with Caryatids. Campaign style gueridon image from Hamptons Cottages and Gardens. Two photos of my master bedroom by Ellen McDermott. Louis XVI style gueridon. Fornasetti Distant Origin Van Collier