Luxury Design, Past & Present
Directoire walnut guéridon, the white marble top with a pierced brass gallery; the turned post supported by three cabriole legs with carved knees. Stamped J P Dusautoy (see photo).
Jean-Pierre Dusautoy was born in 1751 and received his "maître" in 1779. He was a Parisian furniture maker known for small tables with elaborate inlays and ormolu mounts, typical of the Louis XVI period. After the revolution of 1789 the taste for lavish furnishings gave way to simpler forms and materials, of which this little table is a lovely example.
It was imported into the United States sometime around 1900. The McKinley Tariff Act of 1890 mandated all imported goods be marked with the country of origin. Ceramics marked with, "England" or "China" were made around this time. The addition of the words, "Made in" began around 1900. This table is stamped four times, "Made in France", signifying it was brought into the US around 1900. See photo.