French Louis XV St. Presidential Bureau Plat Attributed To Linke
Item # 6990
A stunning and extremely high quality French Louis XV st. tulipwood and ormolu Presidential Bureau Plat attributed to Linke. The desk is raised by four elegant cabriole legs with handsome wrap around ormolu sabots each with impressive chutes leading to rich satin and burnished finish corner mounts. The curvaceous scalloped shaped apron displays an elegant ormolu border. At the front are four drawers, each with an ormolu berried laurel pull and keyhole escutcheon. The desk has one slender central drawer, an impressive pair without crossbar to the left and a single drawer to the right, each displaying exceptionally executed cube parquetry. Each arbalest shaped side is centered by a striking butterfly veneered fan shaped central motif on a cube parquetry background emphasizing the warm wood grain. The desk is finished on all sides with the same elegant parquetry at the back. Above, the original gold tooled writing surface is framed in a tulipwood band and a scalloped ormolu gallery. All original hardware and patina throughout.
François Linke (1855-1946) Renowned 19th Century Parisian Ébéniste.
Linke created historical interpretations of Louis XV and Louis XVI styles. He displayed at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1900 where he received a gold 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.