This type of table was fashionable during the late 18th century, with the Mesangère retail catalogue reproducing a similar mechanical table atop a central support and a tripod base. Adam Weisweiler was partial to this model which was directly influenced by British cabinetmaking. A fair number of tea tables stamped or attributed to Weisweiler are known:
One with an Aleppo breccia marble top, stamped and illustrated in E. Schlumberger, Le pavillion de musique de Madame (Madame’s music pavilion), Connaissance des arts (French art journal), no. 266, March 1964 then auctioned, Pierre Cardin Rémy Le Fur, 17 June 2008, lot 94.
Another example stamped and from the former Seligman Collection, reproduced in C. Frégnac, Les styles français (French styles), Paris, 1975, p.127, no. 6.
One example illustrated in P. Lemonnier op.cit. p. 94.
Another auctioned at Ader Picard Tajan firm, Paris, 26 November 1974, lot 99.
One was formerly in the Petavel Collection, Christie's London, 25 March 1971, lot 84.
These last four examples are virtually identical to the present table, however with a slight variation to the base of the support and on the perforated sections along the cross-bar. One was auctioned Sotheby's Paris, 14 April 2010, lot 137.