A pair of French 19th century Louis XV st. ormolu candelabra lamps attributed to François Linke
An exceptional and very high quality pair of French 19th century Louis XV st. ormolu candelabra lamps attributed to François Linke. Each six arm lamp is raised by a striking wonderfully executed scrolled foliate circular base with unique ball and... — Read More
An exceptional and very high quality pair of French 19th century Louis XV st. ormolu candelabra lamps attributed to François Linke. Each six arm lamp is raised by a striking wonderfully executed scrolled foliate circular base with unique ball and seashell feet, reeded designs, and striking richly chased dolphins in a superb satin and burnished finish. The tapered pierced baluster shaped central support displays intricately detailed swaging berried laurel garlands tied with a ribbon and three charming cherubs with large wings leading upwards. The beautifully scrolled arms above are each adorned with large acanthus leaves and fine foliate designs leading to luxuriant floral candle cups.
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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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