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).