A French 19th Century Louis XV St. Ormolu And Baccarat Inkwell Signed Linke
Item # 5994
A monumental and very impressive French 19th century Louis XV st. inkwell by Francois Linke. This extraordinary collectors item is a collaboration of two masters of the period; Linke and Baccarat. The inkwell is raised parquetry of ebonized fruitwood base with exquisite and finely chased ormolu mounts and scrolled borders. Centered on front and back are large Rocaille design elements with rosettes and scrolls, similar mounts adorn each side. At each corner is an ormolu mount of a boy sitting with a book, amidst opulent foliate rosettes, scrolls and acanthus leaves; two with a pencil in their hands and the others seeming to read. Above is the mahogany insert with a central compartment. On each side are the removable finely cut Baccarat crystal inkwells with superbly chased ormolu lids with rosette finials and scrolls throughout. Highest quality of chasings and all original gilt.
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.