Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 9

Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze Mounted Marquetry Cabinet by François Linke

$95,000

About

A lovely late 19th century Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted inlaid marquetry and parquetry cabinet by François Linke François Linke – Index no. 832 The rectangular brèche violette marble top above a spreading frieze and conforming case, the hinged cupboard door decorated with latticework and flowers around a central cartouche, all within a scrolling foliate encadrement, the bottom with bronze ‘hibiscus’ mount, opening to reveal two shelves, the front angles mounted with espagnolettes, the sides with latticework panels, on slightly cabriole legs with foliate hips, joined by a similarly-decorated undertier and back, tapering to scrolled sabots Signed Linke on the right espagnolette, the lock stamped CT LINKE/SERRURERIE/PARIS and numbered 832, stamped FL under some of the bronze mounts. For a drawing of a related cabinet-on-stand see page 60 in “François Linke 1855-1946 The Belle Epoque of French Furniture” By Christopher Payne. Linke was born in Pankraz in Bohemia and was celebrated by the French as one of the greatest ébénistes of meubles de style at the turn of the century. He began his apprenticeship with a Bohemian master at the age of thirteen. Four years later, he toured Austria, settling and working in Vienna for two years. Linke arrived in Paris in 1875, and by 1881 he had established his own small workshop at 170 rue du Faubourg St. Antoine. Taking 18th century styles as his starting point and adapting earlier styles to contemporary taste, Linke produced fine quality furniture, steadily expanding his business during the next 20 years. He firmly established his reputation after receiving a Gold Medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1900 for his extraordinary Grand Bureau. He continued to use international fairs as a means of exploring new markets, exhibiting at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, the Liege in Belgium and the 1908 Franco-British exhibition in London. Linke’s highly original designs sprang from the Régence and Rococo styles but were imbued with something quite new – Rococo curves were laden with gilt bronze sculptural mounts in the tradition of A.-C. Boulle (1642-1732) or Charles Cressent (1685-1758). Stylistically, the new designs still adhered to the Rococo, the novelty, however, was Linke’s fusion of the Rococo with the liveliness and the fluidity of the ‘Art Nouveau’. The Revue called Linke’s creations entierement nouveau, and continued to say that ‘Linke’s stand is the biggest show in the history of art furniture in the year 1900…’ The mounts, or rather sculpture, were characteristic of the finest pieces from the Linke workshops. The most original designs were almost certainly created in collaboration with the enigmatic sculptor Léon Messagé, who excelled in creating lively, high relief, allegorical figures recalling the styles of Boucher and Falconet. Today, as in the past, Linke is best known for the exceptionally high quality of his work, as well as his individualism and inventiveness. All of his work has the finest, most lavish mounts. The technical brilliance of his work and the artistic change that it represented has never been repeated.

Details

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: New York, NY
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in New York, NY
Vetted Seller
These experienced sellers undergo a comprehensive evaluation by our team of in-house experts.
Established in 1924
1stDibs seller since 2010
30 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: <1 hour
Associations
The Art and Antique Dealers League of AmericaAntiques Associations Members
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

19th-20th Century Marquetry and Gilt-Bronze Mounted, François Linke Atrributed
By François Linke
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Category

Antique Early 1900s French Louis XV

Materials

Bronze, Glass, Kingwood, Mahogany, Tulipwood

19th Century Parquetry and Gilt Bronze Cabinet by Francois Linke
By François Linke
Located in Dallas, TX
Category

Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI

Materials

Kingwood

19th Century Mahogany and Gilt Bronze Cabinet by Francois Linke
By François Linke
Located in London, GB
Category

Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI

Materials

Bronze, Ormolu, Marble, Mahogany

19th Century Ormolu-Mounted Parquetry Cabinet by François Linke
By François Linke
Located in London, GB
Category

Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV

Materials

Bronze, Ormolu, Marble, Mahogany

'Meuble Soleil', Gilt Bronze-Mounted Marquetry Commode by Francois Linke
By François Linke, Georges-François Alix
Located in London, GB
Category

Early 20th Century French Louis XV

Materials

Ormolu, Marble, Mahogany, Satinwood, Bronze, Wood

Pair of Gilt Bronze-Mounted Marquetry Cabinets by Durand
By Gervais Durand
Located in London, GB
Category

Antique Late 19th Century French Belle Époque

Materials

Bronze, Ormolu, Marble, Kingwood, Tulipwood

Late 19th Century Napoleon III Marquetry Side Cabinet
Located in London, by appointment only
Category

Antique 1870s French

19th Century French Vitrine by Francois Linke
By François Linke
Located in New Orleans, LA
Category

Antique 19th Century French Rococo

Materials

Bronze, Wood

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery