French 19th Century Louis XVI St. Mahogany And Ormolu Writing Desk, Attributed To F. Linke
Item # 8122
A most elegant French 19th century Louis XVI st. mahogany and ormolu writing desk, attributed to F. Linke. The lovely desk is raised by circular tapered fluted legs with fine foliate wrap around ormolu sabots and rich decorative ormolu top caps, in a fabulous satin and burnished finish. Above each leg are drape designed ormolu mounts. Along the straight frieze are recessed exquisitely chased and detailed ormolu swaging floral garlands, with charming tied ribbons framed within a delicate ormolu border. Above is the fitted gilt tooled black leather writing surface. With all original gilt throughout.
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. 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.