Important Furniture During the Baroque Period: Part II

by Liza Laserow

A pair of Gueridons from the Southern part of Europe made during the Baroque period. Base made of gilded wood and top of gray marble.

The Gueridon: A small table with often a circular top (or as in the picture an octagonal) supported by one or more columns. The Gueridon came originally from France during the mid 17th century. Earlier kinds had the supports in shapes of African, ancient Egyptian or ancient Greek human figures. While often serving humble purposes, such as to hold a candlestick or vase, the guéridon could be a high-style decorative piece of court furniture. By the death of Louis XIV there were several hundred of them at Versailles, and within a generation they had taken an infinity of forms: columns, tripods, termini and mythological figures. Some of the simpler and more artistic forms were of wood carved with familiar decorative motives and gilded. Silver, enamel, and indeed almost any material from which furniture can be made, have been used for their construction. While the French type was gilded the English-Holland version was in dark wood shaped as a spiral.

The Collectors Cabinet: The collectors cabinet was already a popular way to store your jewelry, securities and other valuable belongings during the Renaissance. Over time the cabinet became a show off piece decorated and inlayed with precious materials such as ivory and silver.

The Mirror: The Baroque mirror comes in many shapes and forms. Most common kind was the the one from France with a frame carved into accanthus leaves and shell shapes then gilded. In the nobel quarters they wanted the Dutch in a more simple execution with molded edges and decorated with hopplister in a dark wood. Mirror in the picture is made in the name of the famous mirror maker Buchart Precht. Although it has the larger glass exchanged its all in its original condition. In our book “Swedish Antiques in Modern Settings” you can read more about it!