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AN EMPIRE ORMOLU, STEEL AND EBONY CENTRE TABLE
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AN EMPIRE ORMOLU, STEEL AND EBONY CENTRE TABLE

PROBABLY BY EITHER ADAM WEISWEILER OR JACOB-DESMALTER, THE METALWORK ATTRIBUTED TO THOMIRE-DUTERME ET CIE.

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AN EMPIRE ORMOLU, STEEL AND EBONY CENTRE TABLE
Probably by either Adam Weisweiler or Jacob-Desmalter, the metalwork attributed to Thomire-Duterme et cie.
The rectangular inset grey fossil marble top with a stiff-leaf and ebony border, the plain frieze incorporating a mahogany-lined frieze drawer with concealed locking-mechanism, on steel X-fame trestle end-supports headed by stiff-leaf capitals and with stylised engine-turned patera at the join, with a turned baluster stretcher, on stiff-leaf cupped feet, restorations and with a later wash to underside
28¾in. (73cm.) high; 30in. (76.5cm.) wide; 22in. (56cm.) deep
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Lot Essay

Adam Weisweiler, maître in 1778.
François-Honoré-Georges and Georges II Jacob, dit Jacob-Desmalter, flourished 1803-1813.

This 'Etruscan' black table, designed in the Louis XVI 'antique' manner, was undoubtedly commissioned by a marchand-mercier such as Martin-Eloi Lignereux. The heir to Daguerre's atelier, Lignereux is known to have employed both Adam Weisweiler and François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter and his brother Georges II Jacob, and tables of this distinctive X-form with legs in ormolu and steel are documented by both ébénistes.

Perhaps the closest related example in the design of the metalwork is the table écritoire executed in thuya and stamped by Weisweiler, which was sold anonymously at Drouot, Paris, 19 November 1981, lot 207 (illustrated in P. Lemonnier, Weisweiler, Paris, 1983, p.88). As Lemonnier argued, the metalwork was almost certainly executed by Thomire-Duterme et cie., a hypothesis backed up by the accounts of furniture supplied by Weisweiler to Thomire-Duterme between 1808-09.

However, this model is more usually associated with Jacob-Desmalter on the basis of a table à travailler, executed in mahogany, supplied by the latter in August 1810 to the Empress Marie-Louise for the salon des jeux of the Grand Trianon. Executed at a cost of 600F but reduced to 575F, it was described as 'Une table à travailer en acajou ronceaux, le dessus se levant, garni d'une glace avec cadre en bronze doré le dessus intérieurement garni d'une tablette couverte en maroquin vert et se levant par deux petites oreilles en bronze dor/ae; sur l'un des côtés, encrier et poudrier en bronze argenté; les pieds en X sont arrondis, ornés de chapiteaux en bronze doré ainsi que les sabots des pieds qui posent sur deux traverses en acajou pour donner plus de solidité à cette table; au milieu de l'X est un balustre en bronze doré; le milieu de l'X avec rosace antique bronze doré au mat. Le bois poncé à l'huile. Prix demandé 600F, réglé 575F. (D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Grand Trianon Tome I, Paris, 1975, pp.42-3). A further related table, also executed by Jacob-Desmalter for the château de Malmaison is illustrated in M-N. de Grandry, Le Mobilier Français Directoire Consular Empire, Poitiers, 1996, p.92.
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