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A Secretary Desk Featuring the Adam Weisweiler Stamp!

Published on , by Claire Papon

Who says antique furniture isn’t popular anymore? This secretary desk with an Adam Weisweiler (c. 1750-c.1810) stamp could be the most contested item in a classic sale.

Adam Weisweiler (1744-1820), Louis XVI period. Secretary Desk in mahogany and mahogany... A Secretary Desk Featuring the Adam Weisweiler Stamp!

Adam Weisweiler (1744-1820), Louis XVI period. Secretary Desk in mahogany and mahogany veneer decorated with gilded carved bronze, 136 x 97 x 44.5 cm/53 x 38 x 17 in.
Estimate: €50,000/80,000

A cabinetmaker from Germany, Adam Weisweiler possessed a style typical of the late Louis XVI period: excellent craftsmanship, a preference for mahogany and minimal marquetry, intertwined carved wood connecting toupie (spinning top) feet, small columns with tapered corners on the bottom and topped with curious capitals with slanted fluting. Several of these characteristics are visible on our twice-stamped cabinet. A similar model to this, with smaller dimensions, was delivered to the Duchess of Polignac in 1789. Our secretary is accompanied, among other things, by a small portable triptych — that allowed travelers to worship while traveling—attributed to Benito Sánchez Galindo (c. 1530-after 1588) showing Scènes de la vie du Christ  (Scenes from the Life of Christ) (€10,000/15,000), a watercolor by Jean-Baptiste Isabey in preparation for a Sèvres porcelain plate project (€30,000/50,000). A clear and luminous palette with a foreground depicting peasants, simple composition, rectilinear and low horizon, the art of Arent Arentz (known as Arent Cabel, 1585/86 to c. 1635) shows him to be a founder of seventeenth-century Dutch landscape painting. Expect €35,000/40,000 to win Couple de pêcheurs préparant leur filet (Couple of Fishermen Preparing their Net). In a less attractive, or less easy, genre, a panel by Émile Friant, Mendiant dans une église, (Beggar in a Church,) is interesting for its provenance—it belonged to the actor Constant Coquelin, known as Coquelin the Elder, and its proximity to La Toussaint, the most famous work of the Lorraine artist, housed at the Musée des Beaux-arts de Nancy. Our panel (€20,000/30,000) portrays realism combined with an atmosphere imbued with spirituality, and features the beggar Auger, well known to the people of Nancy, sitting asleep at the entrance of a church immersed in shadows. More anecdotal but revealing of the refined clothing of wealthy gentlemen is an indoor cap from the Louis XV period, in lilac damask embroidered with flowers and pomegranates, the edges outlined with metallic bobbin lace, which is estimated at €800/1,200.

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