A Fine Louis XVI Style Centre Table
By François Linke, Index no. 118
Constructed from mahogany and dressed with finely cast, hand-chased and gilded bronze mounts; supported on tapering legs with foliate bronze sabots and ribbon-tied floral garlands draped along the sides, the breakfront frieze housing a drawer, panelled and set with ormolu rinceaux and a central mask of Apollo flanked by cornucopia and animals; surmounted by an impressive fleur-de-pêcher marble platform top within a fitted ormolu guard.
French, circa 1905
Linke Index no. 118
Described in François Linke’s archives and daybooks as ‘Table Louis XVI, bois d’acajou bronze dorés,’ this elegant table features the cabinetmaker’s preferred marble, fleur de pêcher. Together with the early drawings, pencil sketches, photographs, and description in the price list, it is without a doubt an exceptional table authored by Linke in Paris. A version was made and documented in the archives in 1904-1908.