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Table
  • Table
  • Probably Dominique Daguerre (died 1796) , commissioned by
  • Probably François Rémond (1747 - 1812), Gilder
    Possibly Adam Weisweiler (1744 - 1820), assembled by
  • France
  • 1785 - 1787
  • Oak frame, black painted steel, gilt bronze, Egyptian porphyry, black painted stone (backing porphyry)
  • Object size: 82 x 113.2 x 51.7 cm
  • F317
  • East Galleries III
Commentary
History
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Further Reading
  • One of a pair (with F318), this table was almost certainly made under the direction of the dealer Dominique Daguerre (d. 1796), perhaps by Adam Weisweiler (1744-1820). The delicate frieze mounts, featuring masks of Bacchus, cornucopiae, recumbent goats and acanthus and vine scrolls, as well as the Grecian female bust caryatids at the top of each table-leg, are typical neo-classical motifs found on elegant furniture of the last half of the 1780s. The friezes are of exceptionally high quality, and are from models that appear to have been owned by Daguerre as they are found on pieces of furniture by other cabinet-makers, such as Martin Carlin. Both Wiesweiler and Carlin are known to have worked regularly for Daguerre, who may have designed the tables as well as supplying the mounts. Daguerre is known to have used the gilder François Rémond for his mounts, and this may be the model, comprising infant satyrs and goats, listed in Rémond's Journal as having been supplied to Daguerre in 1785, 1786 and 1787. The same friezes are found on a table en chiffonnière in the Wallace Collection (F328), probably also designed by Daguerre. The models of the Grecian busts on the legs of these tables may also have belonged to Daguerre. The same figures are also on a console table stamped by Weisweiler in the Royal Collection. They bear a striking similarity to figures supplied by Pierre Gouthière for tables belonging to the duc d’Aumont, and it is possible that Daguerre has used both suppliers for the mounts on these tables.