The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Writing-table
  • Style of Weisweiler Adam (1744 - 1820)
  • France
  • 1785 - 1790
    1772 (most of porcelain placques bear date letter for this year)
    1820 - 1830 (table altered, eg porcelain plaques and their gilt-bronze frames added and ebony veneers replaced)
  • Oak, pine, ebony, Sèvres porcelain plaques, green leather, gilt bronze, steel screws and steel keys
  • Object size: 80.8 x 128 x 82.3 cm
  • Incised mark: 'R I S'
    Stamp: 'DAVIS'S PATENT / G R' (with a crown)
    Label: 'From S. / (From CRESWI / STATIONE / 16, GREAT CAST' Printed
  • F316
  • Oval Drawing Room
Further Reading
  • Writing-table of oak and pine, veneered with ebony and mounted with twenty-six Sèvres porcelain plaques painted with flowers in reserves within a green ground (C505). Made in the style of Adam Weisweiler (1744-1820, master 1778), but perhaps not of the same quality, the table was reveneered in London in the early nineteenth century and mounted with the Sèvres plaques, most of which bear the date letter for 1772. The table was first recorded in the collection of the Third Marquess of Hertford, in the inventory for St Dunstan’s Villa in 1842 in the Green Room. The table was adapted with a glass case for displaying gold boxes in the twentieth century. The case was removed in 1991 and the top relined with the present green leather.