Pair of tables
Thuya wood, with lacquered brass rim and legs and patinated and giltwood feet
75 x 47 cm (diameter)
Probably English, early nineteenth century
[…]; with Temple Williams, 1971: Leonard Rosoman RA (1913–2012); Christie’s (London), 11 September 2019, lot 6
The present tables derive from a model created in Paris towards the last decade of the eighteenth century for the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre (d. 1794) and executed almost exclusively by the ébéniste, Adam Weisweiler (maître in 1778).
There is a ‘preparatory drawing’ at the musée des Arts Décoratifs; see Patricia Lemonnier, Weisweiler, Paris, 1983, p. 90. Lemonnier illustrates two versions of the model manufactured by Weisweiler (p. 90) and lists more than twenty other examples (pp. 185–86, nos 151–73).
Daguerre worked extensively in England where he had a prominent English clientele, notably the Prince of Wales, to whom Daguerre supplied important furnishings for Carlton House, as well as the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey and Earl Spencer at Althorp.
These tables, in the French taste, differ in a number of ways from the Weisweiler prototypes, which invariably have splayed feet, medial shelves and an inlaid medallion in the top. The carvedpaw feet (see Richardson, Watson et al, Southill: A Regency House, London, 1961, fig. 40), lacquered bronze columns and plain veneered top with its anthemion-embossed border, all point to an English manufacture.
Leonard Rosoman, a distinguished British painter, illustrator muralist and celebrated war artist, also included Regency chairs, tables and cabinets in his personal collection.