The eye of the collector by Jean-luc Ferrand


Friday 18 December 2015, by Barbara Cogollos

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Adam WEISWEILER (1744-1820) is a cabinetmaker of the eighteenth. Traditionally considered as a student of David ROETGEN, he is one of the brightest cabinetmakers of the late eighteenth.

May be born in Nieuwied-on-the-Rhine, WEISWEILER was in France in 1777 for his wedding. In 1778 he received his Master of Arts and moved to the Faubourg Saint Antoine, where he quickly acquired great notoriety. He specializes successfully in small graceful furniture (pleasures of the day, cabinets, pedestal tables etc). He is quickly known for his use of porcelain plates of Sèvres or Wedgewood. His creations are quickly appreciated by the aristocracy and the great courts of Europe. Via the intermediary of merchant Daguerre he became purveyor to the court of France, Queen of Naples or to Catherine II of Russia.

WEISWEILER’s production is characterized by outstanding execution. Indeed, his oak frames are fully assembled, the essences that it uses to his tackles are from the first choice. In addition, his research and his constant reflections make him a forerunner in terms of taste and decorative fashion. He worked with the best craftsmen in each field, for example, bronzes he uses are of prodigious delicacy and is generally attributed to the famous bronze sculptors GOUTHIERE or THOMIRE.

Gradually to his evolution in his career he produced more "normal" size furniture. These furnishings, although larger in size, are always of grace and quality of execution that gives the genius. Indeed this console with flap keeps proportions quite graceful.

Talented craftsman, he is always at the forefront of taste and fashion, his creations evolving along with the society of his time. He crossed the Revolution without major problems and then provides the Imperial court.

Some creations of WEISWEILER are found in museums that are among the most prestigious in the world. Include the Louvre museum which preserves among others a writing table in Japanese lacquer and ebony veneer, a pair of drawers in mahogany doors preserved at Versailles as well as to support height furniture in ebony and marquetry Boulle in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

WEISWEILER is also very present in the auction room and holds some auctions that are among the highest for this kind of piece. Include a significant secretary proposed by Hampel Fine Art auction the 16th JUNE 2010 in Munich and estimated 180,000 / € 200,000 (see Annex photo), a secretary with flap in flecked mahogany, sold $ 230,000 at Christie’s London on February 9th 2012 or even a rare oratory furniture sold by Kohn in Paris on 16 November 2011 and awarded € 144,000. Note also the record set by a convenient and stamped WEISWEILER CARLIN, sold 7.01 million euro to Monaco in 1999.

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