A magnificent French 19th century Louis XV st. kingwood and ormolu vitrine, signed F. Linke. The cabinet is raised on tall elegant cabriole legs with wrap around ormolu sabots and top ormolu foliate mount joined by an ormolu filet. The ormolu filet continues all around the contours of the legs and frieze. The legs are joined by a bottom tier with concave sides and convex front all within an ormolu band and pierced gallery. Just above the tier is a mirror fitted within scrolled ormolu borders. The cabinet above has glass doors and curved glass sides within ormolu foliate borders. The doors have ormolu keyhole escutcheons and a central ormolu fitted band with an ormolu shell and garland at the bottom and scrolls and foliate at the top. The doors open to two glass shelves and mirror backplate. At the top is an impressive ormolu pierced mount that continues at each side. All below the pierced ormolu gallery and oval chased ormolu band that follows the contours of the top crown. All original mirror plates and 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.