Stamped by Adam Weisweiler (French, 1744–1820)
Oak veneered with Japanese lacquer and European japanning, ebony, gilt-bronze mounts, violet brocatelle marble top
H. 38 3/8 x W. 58 5/8 x D. 22 1/4 in. (97.5 x 148.9 x 56.5 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1977 (1977.1.12)
Weisweiler, who like a number of other ébénistes was born in the Rheinland, was one of the most talented and successful ébénistes in eighteenth-century Paris. Working in a refined Neoclassical manner, his pieces of furniture were sold through marchands-merciers both to the crown and to members of the French nobility as well as to foreign royalty. This commode, together with a matching pair of secretaries also in the Museum's collection, belonged to King Ferdinand IV of Naples and was used in his writing cabinet at Caserta.