Unique transitional style marquetry occasional table or gueridon after a model by David Roentgen. Gilt banded shapely marquetry top surface depicting a farm scene with animals and herdsman, below a shapely floral marquetry frieze containing a hidden drawer, raised on four slight cabriole legs mounted with foliate doré bronze trim and foliate cast sabots. David Roentgen, (1743–1807), celebrated German cabinetmaker of the eighteenth century, famed throughout Europe for his marquetry and his secret drawers and mechanical fittings. His work embraces the late Rococo and the Neoclassical styles. Appointed by Marie Antoinette as her ébéniste mechanicien.


The transitional period between Louis XV and Louis XVI was inspired by Greek and Roman architect, still with an aura of luxury and elegance, but organic curves became cleaner lines and geometric, cabriole legs became more subtle, and less ornamentation was used. When the transition was completed, geometric shapes replaced rococo curves and the straight tapering leg superseded cabriole legs. Louis XVI's reign began in 1774 and his queen Marie-Antoinette was a lover of the arts and had much influence over the style. The marquetry on this table is exquisite depicting farm life, Marie Antoinette loved picturesque idyllic peasant life as she created her retreat from the stress of being queen, "Hameau de la Reine", a rustic farm village in the park of Château de Versailles. This 18th century French design is timeless and elegant, but understated and works well in modern, contemporary or traditional interiors.


Style: Transitional Rococo/Neoclassical

Place of Origin: Germany

Period: Circa 1850

Dimensions: (29"H x 21.375"W x 14.5" D)

Condition: Excellent, wear consistent with age and use.

Rococo Marquetry Gueridon Table or Occasional Table after Roentgen, Paris, 1850

SKU: F101600

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