Vien's famous painting La Vertueuse Athénienne (The Virtuous Athenian), which was exhibited at the 1763 Salon, depicts this kind of furniture, which was inspired by the classical three-legged stands discovered among the ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii.
Saunier's penchant for subtly combining different shapes can be seen here. The stands' legs are convex at the top, but become concave where they meet the circular lower shelf, before ending in Greek frets.
They stand on a triangular base with cut-off corners. The rosewood veneer plays on the graining of the wood, which is further set off by the use of amaranth and bronze beading. The circular shelves are covered with black Coromandel lacquer.