Lot 519
  • 519

An orbicular diorite topped bronze guéridon table Restauration, circa 1825

15,000 - 25,000 GBP
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  • marble, bronze
  • 69.5cm. high, 73.5cm. diameter; 2ft. 3¼in, 2ft. 4¾in.
with a segmentally veneered orbicular diorite top within a berried-laurel leaf border on a flaring baluster acanthus leaf stem on three splayed griffin feet; on brass castors

Catalogue Note

Comparative Literature:
Gérard Hubert and Nicole Hubert, Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et de Bois Préau, Paris, 1986, p. 72  and p. 74, for a pair of vases in the Bedroom of Napoleon, in orbicular diorite (formerly in the Château de Malmaison). The mine where this orbicular diorite is mined is situated near Olmeto in Corsica which was discovered in 1785 and was mined from the begining of the 19th century. It was also known as napoleonite or corsite after Corsica where it was mined.

A pair of vases in orbicular diorite is in the Corsican Museum in Corte, illustrated by Jacques Dubarry de Lassale, Utilisation des marbres. Ed. Vial S.D. p 235.

A vase in this material was sold in these Rooms, 5th July 2006, lot 230 (£90,000). A pair of pedestals faced with this orbicular diorite was sold in the sale of Ariane Dandois, Sotheby's, New York, 26th October 2007, Vol. II, lot 687 ($49,000).