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François Linke Leon Messagé Louis XV Style Ormolu-Mounted & Marquetry Commode

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A French Louis XV style ormolu-mounted and end-cut floral and fruit marquetry two-drawer serpentine-shaped bombé commode by François Linke (1855-1946), Index number 720, the mounts designed by Leon Messagé, Circa 1910-1915. The serpentine-shaped languedoc rouge marble top above ribbon-tied laurel festoons, with a pair of drawers inlaid sans traverse in fruit and end-cut floral marquetry, centered by an oval medallion with a ribbon-tied laurel-cast wreath framing falling vines above a pair of intertwined cornucopiae, flanked to each corner by a Herculean lion-pelt, the sides similarly-inlaid and with a laurel-cast festoon above and palm fronds below, on four square-tapering legs, each with reeded tapering mount and scrolled acanthus foot, the back left Herculean lion-pelt mount signed F. Linke and with FL cold stamp to the underside of the upper lock escutcheon plate and other places. Measures: Width 71 inches (180.3 cm). Height 36 inches (92 cm). Depth 27 inches (69 cm). This beautifully serpentined commode in the Louis XV manner and laurel-festooned in celebration of 'abundance through labour' surmounted with lion-pelts, recalling Hercules' labours. A festive marquetry garland is suspended in a laurel-wreathed medallion, while more flowers, inlaid in flanking tablets, issue from ceres' 'horns of abundance' and are supported by beribboned palms emerging from the voluted feet. The inspiration for the mounts, derived from models that were executed by the foundery of Jean-Claude Duplessis (d. 1774) for the celebrated bureau commissioned by Louis XV from Jean-Franois Oeben (matre 1759) and completed by Jean-Henri Riesener (d. 1806). By the end of the 19th century, after the grand bureau had been moved to the Palais de Saint-Cloud, copies were manufactured by the leading Parisian Ébénistes including Henry Dasson (d. 1896), whose models appear to have been acquired by F. Linke. Another example of this commode also by Linke was sold at Christie's in London on 14 May 1998, lot 262. Sotheby's in New York sold another example by Linke on 15 December 1984, lot 33. A bureau plat, derived from the secrtaire cylindre by Oeben and Riesener, was sold at Christie's in London, 26 February 1998, lot 202. François Linke (d. 1946) was awarded the Gold Medal for his Grand Bureau at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. He was the most celebrated Ébéniste of his time. Born in Bohemia in 1855, he moved to Paris in 1881. He produced furniture of the highest quality at his workshops at 170, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, and established showrooms at 26, Place Vendme. A much simpler version of this commode, with fewer ormolu mounts and with no marquetry, is illustrated in Christopher Payne's "François Linke 1855-1946 The Belle Époque of French Furniture" Antique Collectors' Club, 2003 Edition, Index 720, Page 498. Another example of this magnificent commode, but with lesser quality marquetry, is currently on display in the lobby of the Hôtel de Paris in Monte-Carlo, Principality of Monaco. Provenance: Previously sold at Christie's London on 25 February 1999, Sale 6081, Lot 197 - Another similar commode was also offered at Christie's London on 13 May 1999, Sale 6107, Lot 152. Another example of the present model by François Linke (1855-1946) is currently part of The Royal Collection Trust collection. The first definite reference to their commode occurs in 1914 when a pair were photographed in the 'Tapestry Drawing Room', Buckingham Palace, in the private apartments of Queen Mary. One of the pair features prominently in the background of a series of autochrome portraits of George V, Queen Mary and Edward, Prince of Wales, taken by the photographer Jean Desboutin, in the same location, on 13th March 1914, and subsequently published by 'L'illustration'. By 1937 both commodes (as well as many other furnishings from the tapestry drawing room) had moved to Marlborough House where one was photographed in the Green Drawing Room, and its pair in the Saloon. More recently, the commode which remains in the Royal Collection has been displayed in the Robing Room of the Palace of Westminster.

Details

  • Attributed to
    François Linke (Cabinetmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Width: 71 in. (180.34 cm)Depth: 27 in. (68.58 cm)
  • Style
    Louis XV (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Circa 1910-1915
  • Condition
    Refinished. Repaired: Marble top has an old repair on rear-back corner, marble old but possibly not original. A superb quality piece! Body has been refinished and in excellent current condition. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. Overall excellent condition. Minor hairline cracks on side of drawer. Marble top has an old repair on rear-back corner, marble old but possibly not original. A superb quality piece!
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: A18571stDibs: LU179623952173

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