French 19th Century Tulipwood Parquetry Desk, Attributed To Francois Linke
Item # 6820
A superb French 19th century tulipwood parquetry desk, attributed to Francois Linke. This very attractive kidney shaped desk is raised on tapered fluted legs with ormolu sabots and top caps, and finely chased foliate ormolu mounts above. The impressive parquetry frieze has three drawers with ormolu borders, a central ormolu mount and pulls. The design is repeatedl around the sides and back . All below a gilt tooled leather top fitted within a tulipwood border.
François Linke (1855-1946) was a leading Parisian ébéniste of the 19th century.
The pieces Linke created marked a transition from the historical interpretation of Louis XV and Louis XVI styles, that was the mainstay of his nearest rivals, to something startlingly new and vital. At the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1900 he displayed Louis XV rococo, fluid and fused with the lively flowing lines of the contemporary and progressive 'art nouveau'. He received a gild medal for his exhibition. 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.