The Wallace Collection

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Cabinet
  • Cabinet
  • Attributed to Adam Weisweiler (1744 - 1820)
  • France
  • c. 1785
    late 17th century (Boulle marquetry panels)
  • Oak, ebony, brass, contre-partie Boulle marquetry of red turtleshell, brass and tin, pietre dure, gilt bronze, brocatello marble, walnut, amaranth and steel
  • Object size: 94.5 x 70 x 40.2 cm
  • F395
  • East Galleries III
Commentary
History
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Further Reading
  • One of a pair with F396, the cabinet or 'meuble a hauteur d'appui' is an example of the kind of luxury furniture supplied by Weisweiler (1744-1820, maitre 1778) through the marchand-mercier, or dealer, Dominique Daguerre (d. 1796). It incorporates seventeenth-century Boulle marquetry and exquisite pietre dure panels depicting fruit and flower garlands which are also likely to have been produced in the late seventeenth century in France at the Gobelins Manufactory. Pietre dure was particularly highly-prized and often re-used on furniture, and Weisweiler made something of a specialisation of this technique.

    Gilt-bronze mounts of caryatids often appear on such cabinets by Weisweiler, either in the form of flatter mounts, such as those on the sides of the cabinet here, or as three-dimensional columns on either side of the front. The circular gilt-bronze plaque depicts a nymph helping an infant carrying a thyrsus or staff of Bacchus to ride a satyr, a light-hearted classical scene.