This exquisitely chased, intimately scaled table is virtually identical in the detail of the ornament and the distinctive slender legs with Ionic capitals, to a pair of tables described as Louis XVI, with verde antico marble tops, one sold from the collection of the celebrated couturier Jacques Doucet, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 8 June 1912, lot 315, now in the Musée du Petit Palais, Paris, and the other from the collection of Madame Pierre Schlumberger, Hôtel de Luzy, sold Sotheby's, Monaco, 26=27 February 1992, lot 67 (FF 2,109,000= $376,000).
Interestingly, the Doucet table (illustrated here), which was also featured in the 1894 exhibition Marie Antoinette et son temps, also bore the label 'Prce Joseph Poniatowski'. This presumably refers to Prince Joseph Poniatowski (1763-1813), a general who fought for Polish independence 1792-1794 and in 1807 was placed by Napoleon at the head of the Polish army. The taste for advanced neo-classicism was particularly marked in Poland, following the redecoration of the royal palace in Warsaw in the most up-to-date goût grec style by King Stanislaus-Auguste Poniatowski in the 1760's, employing such noted sculpteurs and bronziers as Jean-Louis Prieur and Philippe Caffiéri.
A table attributed to Adam Weisweiler in the Wallace Collection, London, with the same Ionic capitals to the legs and a similar mask centring the frieze, is illustrated in P. Hughes, Wallace Collection Catalogue of Furniture, London, 1996, vol. II, pp. 1138-1141, cat. 223 (F319).
The Poniatowski provenance for the Doucet table and certain stylistic details such as the distinctive paterae heading the legs on the table offered here, could support the possibility that this group of furniture was produced outside of France, perhaps in Germany or Russia. The tradition of creating finely wrought tables entirely in gilt bronze was certainly well-established in St. Petersburg, often in combination with Russian hardstones, for instance on a pair of tables with similarly fluted legs, sold from the Segoura collection, Christie's, New York, 19 October 2006, lot 200, or a single table sold from the collection of Marella Agnelli, Sotheby's, New York, 23 October 2004, lot 7.