(b Korschenbroich or Neuwied, 1744; d Paris, 15 June 1820). French cabinetmaker of German birth. Traditionally believed to have been apprenticed to David Roentgen in Neuwied, by 1777 he was established in the Rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, in Paris, and on 26 March 1778 he was elected maître-ébéniste. Specializing in the production of luxury pieces, Weisweiler executed consoles, break-front commodes, secrétaires, work-tables and guéridons of great delicacy and high quality. His furniture was often set with plaques of Sèvres porcelain, panels of pietra dura, Oriental lacquer or gilt-bronze, and occasionally Wedgwood medallions. Most of these materials were provided by the marchand-merciers for whom he worked, especially Dominique Daguerre (fl 1772; d 1796), who supplied Marie-Antoinette with such pieces as Weisweiler's elegant work-table (1784; Paris, Louvre). Through Daguerre he also provided furniture for the English Prince Regent (later George IV) for Carlton House, London.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.