The Wallace Collection

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Table
  • Table
  • Probably François Rémond (1747 - 1812)
  • Dominique Daguerre (died 1796), commissioned by
  • France
  • 1785
  • Oak frame, black painted copper alloy, gilt bronze, green stone on composite support
  • Object size: 82 x 113.2 x 51.7 cm
  • F317
  • Exhibition Gallery 2
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • F317 was almost certainly made in 1785 under the direction of the marchand-mercier, Dominique Daguerre, in the workshop of François Rémond. 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 cabinet-makers, for example Martin Carlin and Adam Weisweiler. Both Weisweiler and Carlin are known to have worked regularly for Daguerre, who may have designed the table.
    The table may have been the one supplied to Daguerre by Rémond on 18 December 1785 for 6,000 livres but it is not known who was Daguerre’s client. The same friezes, which were supplied by Rémond to Daguerre on a number of occasions, 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 may also have belonged to Daguerre. The same figures are also on a console table stamped by Weisweiler in the Royal Collection.
    The models of the friezes were probably inspired by engraved designs in G.-P.Cauvet, 'Frises et ornements à l'usage des sculpteurs', 1777.
    Another table in the Wallace Collection, F318, appears to be a copy but its date is not known.