A Louis XV gilt bronze gueridon with a green variegated marble top Zwiener Jansen Successeur fourth quarter 19th century
height 28in (71cm); diameter 21in (53.5cm)
Provenance: Purchased at Hofstatter & Co., New York, circa 1915
This table is a perfect example of the exuberant rococo style developed by Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener in the 1880s and by François Linke in the 1900s, announcing the Art Nouveau style. Zwiener collaborated with the celebrated designer and sculptor Léon Messagé for the 1882 Exhibition in Paris, and it is most likely that the present lot was originally created for Zwiener by Messagé. The espagnolettes with open corsets are typical of Zwiener's work, and they can be seen on a bombé-shaped commode illustrated in Mestadagh, L'ameublement d'art français (1850-1900), fig. 17. Jansen took over the Zwiener's business in 1895 and purchased his master models. He continued to execute his predecessor's masterpieces, such as the present lot.
Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener (born 1849) established his workshop 12, rue de la Roquette and worked in Paris between 1880 and 1895. Jean-Henri Jansen (1854-1929) who began a career in decorating, rue Royale, succeeded Zwiener in 1895 and renamed the business "Zwiener Jansen successeur."
Literature: Camille Mestdagh, L'ameublement d'art français (1850-1900), Les Editions de l'Amateur, 2010.