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Rectangular porcelain-mounted cabinet on a similarly decorated table, inset with nineteen plaques, each with gilt metal border; cabinet with white marble top with pierced gilt metal gallery; on plinth base with gilt paw feet. Table with four fluted legs,

A true Francophile's collection

Adam Weisweiler (1744-1820)

Commode 1785-90

RCIN 2593

Green Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace

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This commode was made in in the late eighteenth century by the leading ébéniste,  Adam Weisweiler.  The designer intended to incorporate seventeenth century Florentine hardstone decorative panels into a neoclassical form characteristic of late-eighteenth century French furniture design. He was employed by the marchand-mercier, Dominique Daguerre, who moved to London in the late 1780s and 1790s and was responsible for the furnishing of Carlton House on behalf of the Prince of Wales (later George IV).

The three inset front panels are of pietra dura. The technique of insetting specimen stones, to create two or three dimensional images, was perfected in the late sixteenth century in Florence under the patronage of the Medici dukes. The earlier panels are those to the sides depicting a tulip to the left and a crown imperial to the right. In the seventeenth century the tulip was related to the exotic while the crown imperial is a flower associated with power and majesty.