A Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Stands, Firmly Attributed to François Linke.
This delicate pair of mahogany pedestals or stands each have an inset green onyx top above a frieze mounted with allegorical scenes of music. The frieze contains a pull-out slide and the stands are raised on square section tapering legs headed by musical trophies and united by a shaped stretcher with a flambeau finial.
An almost identical stand, with a green onyx top, typical slender legs and shaped stretcher is illustrated by Christopher Payne in François Linke (1855-1946) ‘The Belle Epoque of French Furniture’, p. 53, pl. 44. It is described as a stand or gaine and titled by Linke as ‘Pedestal Louis XVI acajou et bronzes dorés’, index number 56. It was available with or without a slide and a drawer, priced between 400 and 500 francs. A comparable version is also shown as a pencil drawing from Linke’s Daybook and illustrated in Payne, p. 474.
The ribbon tied musical trophies that head the legs of each stand was a mount frequently used by Linke on a number of different items of furniture including vitrines, commodes and a Bibliothèque Louis XVI, index number: 922.
French, Circa 1890.