French 19th Century Louis XV St. Kingwood And Ormolu Desk, Attributed To LINKE
Item # 7479
An exquisite French 19th century Louis XV st. kingwood and ormolu desk, attributed to LINKE. The desk is raised by slender cabriole legs with superb pierced wrap around ormolu sabots. Ormolu chutes lead up each leg to sensational pierced richly chased corner mounts, in a satin and burnish finish. An elegant and unique ormolu filet decorated with fine foliate patterns also extends up each leg and continues along the scalloped shaped frieze. The single central drawer is centered by an impressive ormolu reserve and flanked by elegant floral gadroons. The kidney shaped top displays the gilt tooled leather fitted writing surface within an ormolu gallery. All original gilt, and warm 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.