Cabinet (one of a pair) (Main View, one of pair (.2) - 3/4 right)

Adam Weisweiler

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

From the Renaissance, art connoisseurs valued naturally colorful and rare hardstones, known as pietre dure, especially when they were arranged by artisans into plaques of mosaic patterns or pictorial reliefs. Often, the more splendid plaques were mounted into custom made and suitably grand cabinets.

The pietre dure plaques on this cabinet date from the mid-1600s to the mid-1700s; they were probably made by Italian craftsmen working in Rome, Florence, or Paris at the Gobelins manufactory. This particular cabinet passed through the Revolutionary-era Parisian art market in 1790 and 1793 before being acquired by the English ambassador to Saint-Petersburg, Russia, in 1808.


  • Title: Cabinet (one of a pair) (Main View, one of pair (.2) - 3/4 right)
  • Creator: Adam Weisweiler
  • Date Created: about 1785; pietra dura plaques mid-17th–mid-18th century
  • Location Created: Paris, France; Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 101.6 × 150.2 × 53 cm (40 × 59 1/8 × 20 7/8 in.)
  • Type: Furniture
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Oak, pine, and beech veneered with ebony and mahogany; pewter stringing; set with pietra dure plaques; gilt-bronze mounts; portor d'Italie marble top
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 76.DA.9.1
  • Culture: French (cabinet); Italian (pietra dure)
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Attributed to Adam Weisweiler (French, 1744 - 1820, master 1778)
  • Classification: Decorative Art (Art Genre)

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