Cabinet (one of a pair) (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 skillful artisans into plaques of mosaic patterns or pictorial reliefs. The enduring popularity and durability of the stones meant such plaques could be transferred to new settings of the latest fashion. For example, these mid-seventeenth-to-late-eighteenth-century plaques were fitted into a newly-made cabinet around 1808. The English ambassador to Saint-Petersburg, Russia, purchased this cabinet and its older pair in that year.


  • Title: Cabinet (one of a pair) (3/4 right)
  • Creator: Adam Weisweiler
  • Date Created: about 1808; pietra dura plaques mid-17th–late 18th century
  • Location Created: Italy; Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 101.6 × 150.2 × 54.6 cm (40 × 59 1/8 × 21 1/2 in.)
  • Type: Furniture
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Oak veneered with ebony and mahogany; pewter stringing; set with pietra dura plaques and and micromosaic roundels; gilt-bronze mounts; portor d'Italie marble top
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 76.DA.9.2
  • 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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