A French 19th century Louis XV st. Kingwood, ormolu and Brèche d'Alep marble cabinet vitrine signed by François Linke
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A magnificent and extremely high quality French 19th century Louis XV st. Kingwood, ormolu and Brèche d'Alep marble cabinet vitrine signed by François Linke. The cabinet is raised by most elegant slender cabriole legs with fine pierced foliate wrap around... — Read More
A magnificent and extremely high quality French 19th century Louis XV st. Kingwood, ormolu and Brèche d'Alep marble cabinet vitrine signed by François Linke. The cabinet is raised by most elegant slender cabriole legs with fine pierced foliate wrap around ormolu sabots, beautiful foliate corner mounts, and a lovely ormolu fillet which extends up each leg and along the arbalest shaped apron. The legs are connected by a bottom tier with a most decorative quarter veneered design showcasing the stunning wood grain framed within a mottled and pierced ormolu gallery. At the back is the original mirrored backplate framed within a scalloped ormolu border emphasizing the beautiful wood grain in the reflection. The display vitrine above displays two doors and retains all of its original curved hand blown glass each framed within charming mottled ormolu borders with fine foliate accents. At the interior are two glass shelves with the original mirrored backplate and an upholstered red velvet base. At each corner are ormolu corner mounts with charming and intricately detailed blooming flowers and foliate movements seemingly growing up the cabinet. Above is the original Brèche d'Alep marble top framed within an exceptional pierced wrap around ormolu gallery. — Read Less
(Louis XV st.) -
Also known as Louis Quinze or Rocaille, this style followed the traditions of French décor, until it took on a life and look of its own with decorations and motifs becoming more exuberant. The style was heavily influenced by the mistress of Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour, and marked the beginning of the Rococo movement. In his old age, from 1750 – 1774, Louis XV showed more signs of constraint in his design style and this period showed more signs of French Neoclassicism.
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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 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.
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