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A French 19th century Transitional st. mahogany and ormolu armoire signed F. Linke

List: $68,500.00

A French 19th century Transitional st. mahogany and ormolu armoire signed F. Linke

List: $68,500.00

A stunning and extremely high quality French 19th century Transitional st. two door mahogany and ormolu armoire signed F. Linke. The armoire is raised on cabriole legs with ormolu sabots, chutes and top ormolu mounts. The paneled sides and doors... — Read More

  • Item # 2727
  • H: 67 in L: 48 in D: 16 in

    H: 170 cm L: 122 cm D: 41 cm

  • France
  • 19th Century
  • Mahogany, Marble/Stone, Ormolu
  • Transitional st. Read More
  • (Transitional st.) - While France was still under the control of Louis XIV and considered one of the three phases of The Sun King’s influence on French style, the Transitional style was much lighter in form than its predecessors. Pieces created during this period displayed greater eccentricity and showed freedom or lines. Wrought iron elements, arabesque carvings, and grotesque scenes were used to invoke emotion and sometimes confusion. This period and style continued into the reign of King Louis XV.
  • François Linke Read More
  • 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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