An unusual Louis Phillipe period escritoire, after models by Adam Weisweiler.
French, circa 1830-40.
Why we like it
This exquisite little table's 'Klismos' legs, its most excellent kingwood parquetry and superb brasswork make it a fabulous specimen of French neoclassical design.
A closely related dessert table or etagere with identical bamboo supports, ormolu-capped sabre legs and pierced galleries was sold Sotheby's Paris, 19 April 2016, lot 330 (€15,000).
This distinctive design is part of a known group executed by the ébéniste Adam Weisweiler (d. 1820) for the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre (d. 1796) during the third quarter of the 18th century. The simulated bamboo columns are derived from Weisweiler's model for a guéridon à double colonnettes, a preparatory drawing of which is illustrated in P. Lemonnier, Weisweiler, Paris, 1983, p. 90
French Brass Mounted Escritoire, after Adam Weisweiler