A Pair of Antique Mahogany & Ormolu Commodes

H: 40 in / 102 cm  |  W: 27 in / 69 cm  |  D: 18 in / 45 cm


A Pair of Commodes In the Manner of Adam Weisweiler Of rectangular form, constructed in mahogany, dressed with fine bronze mounts and brass inlays; rising from tapering and turned toupie feet, the baluster form legs are brass inlaid, having ormolu beaded collars, conjoined by the incurved front undertiers; each commode has three graduated lockable drawers, flanked by slender ormolu columns of torsade and fluted design, issuing from central bosses; the fielded panel sides have ormolu stiff leaf running mouldings, with fluted stiles to the rears; the friezes dressed with ormolu mounts of neo-classical designs, the central Bacchic masks flanked by addorsed goats, cornucopiae, foliates, and pipe playing fauns; the shaped platforms are fitted with Carrara marbles.
English, Circa 1870


The Wallace Collection in Manchester Square, London possesses a ‘Table en Chiffoniere’ (item number F328) of virtually identical form to our pair, and very close similarities in the ormolu mounts, which it attributes to Weisweiler; Maurice Segoura's ‘Weisweiler’ published by Editions d'art Monelle Hayot, Paris in 1983, shows on pages 28 a Bonheur du Jour with a very similar base, a stamped Weisweiler piece.


Adam Weisweiler (c.1750 — c.1810), German born, was apprenticed to David Roentgen, who is noted for his furniture oeuvre, blending mahogany, brass inlays and ormolu; received as a Maître Ébéniste in 1778, working with the marchand-mercier, Dominique Daguerre, supplying the ancien régime, including Marie Antoinnette and Louis XVI and later, the French Empire and its successors, as well as the Prince Regent, later George IV of England.

REF No. 8327

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