A French 19th Century Transitional St. Mahogany And Ormolu Armoire Signed François Linke
Item # 2727
A stunning and extremely high quality French 19th century Transitional st. two door mahogany and ormolu armoire signed François Linke. The armoire is raised on cabriole legs with ormolu sabots, chutes and top ormolu mounts. The paneled sides and doors have ormolu borders, accented by ormolu rosettes, and exquisite richly chased ormolu laurel wreaths tied by bows at the bottom. The very impressive top frieze has finely chased ormolu mounts with scrolled foliage designs, and a central bow, arrows and flame of prosperity, flanked at each side with exceptional ormolu ram heads and draping foliate garlands. Inside lay two shelves and three drawers. All below the solid Fleur de Pêcher marble top. All original patina and gilt throughout.
François Linke (1855-1946) Renowned 19th Century Parisian Ébéniste. Linke created historical interpretations of Louis XV and Louis XVI styles.
Early in his career his workshop supplied furniture for more established makers such as Jansen and Krieger
Linke displayed at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1900 where he received a gold medal for his exhibition. Linke's stand was the biggest show in the history of art furniture in the year 1900. Visitors to his stand included; the King of Sweden, king of Belgium, Prince Radziwill, the Prince, d’Arenberg and the President of France Emile Loubet, among many other counts and heiresses from the Americas.
At a time when other more established furniture businesses such as those of Beurdeley and Dasson were closing down, he made a huge investment in his stand and the furniture he supplied for it. By that time Linke’s worldwide reputation and expertise was unmatched by any of his peers. In 1904, he was made Officier de L’instruction Publique, and in 1905 he was called to be a member of the Jury of the Liège exhibition. In 1906 Linke recieved the highest distinction of France; the Croix de la Légion d’Honneur. The Art Journal ‘Revue’ described Linke's style as 'entièrement nouveaux'. His characteristic sculptural gilt mounts reflected the influence of marquetry genius André-Charles Boulle.