Stand for holding a candelabrum or torch, a tray or a basket. Some early gueridons were in the form of a black human figure - now known as blackamoors - and were imported to Britain from Holland, Italy and France in the latter half of the 17thC. The term has come to be commonly used for small occasional tables associated with the Louis XV and Louis XVI periods, with a frieze drawer and platform. interlacing circles derived from Greek and Roman architecture and used to decorate plain or moulded surfaces on furniture. See decorative motifs.