Galerie Bernard Steinitz, Paris.
The stretcher is later.
The table is 80,5 cm. (31½ in.) wide.
Biliographie comparative :
P. Lemonnier, Weisweiler, Paris, 1983, p. 84
Post Lot Text
A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED EBONY AND PEWTER CENTRE TABLE
BY ADAM WEISWEILER, CIRCA 1785
The rectangular marble top above a concave-shaped frieze, on faceted legs decorated with simulated flutings joined by an elaborately shaped stretcher probably original centred by a platform, on toupie feet
This elegant centre-table was probably commissioned by the celebrated marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre from the cabinet-maker Adam Weisweiler. The collaboration between these two is well known: after Martin Calin's death in 1785, his colleague Weisweiler became Daguerre's principal supplier.
In the sale of Daguerre's stock at Christie's, London, 25-26 March 1791, lot 40 is described: "AN EBONY PIER TABLE, the top inlaid with fine and scarce specimens of marble collected in Italy, and richly mounted". It can almost certainly be identified as the table from the collection of M. Hubert de Givenchy, sold at Christie's, Monaco on the 4th December 1993, lot 87. The latter closely resembles this lot.
This table could even be lot 75 from the auction of Daguerre's stock in 1791, described as: "AN ELEGANT EBONY PIER TABLE with marble top, enriched with or-moulu ornaments".
This table demonstrates two characteristics which are recurrent in Weisweiler's oeuvre. The first, which appeared later in the cabinet-maker's career, is the elegant association of ebony and pewter. The second characteristic, which he was fond of throughout his career, is his original treatment of the stretcher; the shaped form and the subtle interlacing considerably lightens the piece, softening the severity of its architectural aspect.
This table belongs to a group of tables which includes: the "Givenchy" example; a pair of tables formerly in the Stroganoff collection and now in the Nissim de Camondo museum in Paris (illustrated in P. Lemonnier, Weisweiler, Paris, 1983, p. 84).