Adam Weisweiler, maître in 1778.
The fine and simple design of this secretaire concieved in the goût Anglais draws inspiration from Thomas Sheraton's Drawing Book of 1784. The Louis XVI taste, so favoured by the Prince of Wales, later George IV, became particularly fashionable following the opening of a shop by the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre on Sloane Street in the 1780s. Through Daguerre, Weisweiler, ébéniste to Louis XVI, was employed by many of England's aristocrats including not only the future king but also George, 2nd Earl Spencer to whom he supplied a pair of cabinets for Althorp, Northamptonshire.
A secretaire of very similar form and simplicity was supplied to the Tuileries during the very end of the Louis XVI period or during the Revolutionary years and is now at the château de Pau (L. de Groër, Les arts décoratifs de 1790 à 1850, Paris, 1985, p. 101, fig. 166).