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A LATE LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY GUERIDON
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A LATE LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY GUERIDON

POSSIBLY BY ADAM WEISWEILER

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A LATE LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY GUERIDON
Possibly by Adam Weisweiler
The circular grey-veined white marble top with pierced Vitruvian-scroll gallery, above a panelled frieze inlaid with ebonised lines and enclosing two drawers and two green leather-lined writing-slides, on Ionic-capital headed turned tapering legs inlaid with brass flutes and on laurel-bound collars, joined by an interlaced pierced stretcher with pearled borders with a central cross, on turned tapering toupie feet with cabochon and rosette border and on later castors, the handles replaced, the marble re-supported to the carcase with a replaced pine board immediately beneath, one drawer inscribed in black ink in a 19th century hand
28¼in. (72cm.) high; 25½in. (65cm.) diameter
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Lot Essay

Adam Weisweiler, maître in 1778.

With its characteristic pierced interlaced stretchers, tapering legs and milled and pearled ormolu borders, this table is characteristic of the 'antique' style promoted by the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre and executed for him by Adam Weisweiler. Established in the rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, Weisweiler's collaboration with his fellow ébénistes Riesener (between 1778-85) and Beneman (post 1785) is well-documented, and whilst he was undoubtedly patronised by other marchands, including Julliot frères, the vast majority of his oeuvre was commissioned and sold directly through Daguerre. In the 1780's, Daguerre established his own shop in London to meet the demands of George, Prince of Wales and his circle, and it was this link to a thriving export trade that enabled Weisweiler to avoid the bankruptcy which befell so many of his colleagues during the Revolution.

Related stretchers, although without the interlaced illusionistic finesse of this table, appeared on the table sold from the Alexander Collection, at Christie's New York, 30 April 1999, lot 80 ($410,000 inc. premium).
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