This striking guéridon incorporates a top of verre eglomisé, richly decorated with lush scrolling foliage, twinned cornucopiae and putti radiating from a central medallion of palmettes. The technique of verre eglomisé, or reverse-painting on glass, dates back to ancient Roman times, but was revived at the beginning of the nineteenth century both in France and in England, when innovative techniques and luxurious materials came into fashion.
The richness of the ornament relates it to textile designs of the Restauration period, when the revival of the monarchy was celebrated through lavish furnishing schemes, for instance on a set of silk hangings supplied for the throne room of Louis XVIII in the Tuileries by Grand Frères after designs by Jean-Démosthène Dugourc (1749-1825), which feature similar scrolling foliage and twinned cornucopiae (see D. Alcouffe et al., L' Age d'Or des Arts Décoratifs 1814-1848, Paris, 1991, cat. 14B, pp. 63-73). A Beauvais tapestry screen after designs by Dugourc displaying closely related fruit and flower garlands to those on the border of this verre eglomisé top, is illustrated in S. Faniel ed., Le Dix-Neuvième Siècle Français, Connaissance des Arts, Paris, 1957, p. 176, fig. 1.
The stem of the table, which is entirely composed of ormolu, with its combination of imbricated ornament and large-scale leaves, relates to the stem of a guéridon illustrated in Percier and Fontaine's influential Recueil des Décorations Intérieures, first published in 1801.