A Very Fine and Rare Near Pair of Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Parquetry Étagère Tables by François Linke.
French, Circa 1900.
The gilt-bronze mounts signed ‘F.Linke’.
Linke Index No. 610.
Each table has a detachable twin handled glass tray top resting on four corner supports finely cast as mermen. The parquetry lower tier has gilt-bronze carrying handles and a frieze characteristically mounted with a leaf-clasped scallop shell. Each étagère stands on gilt-bronze mounted slender cabriole legs and sabots.
This model of étagère table can be found in Linke’s archives as index No. 610. It is a variation on the famous étagère table shown at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. The 1900 Exhibition table employed identical mermen supports and a leaf-clasped scallop shell to the frieze as the present examples, but included a hipped ‘X’-form stretcher (see page 122, pl. 138 and pages 143 & 145, in Christopher Payne ‘François Linke, 1855-1946, The Belle Époque of French Furniture’).
Linke was to produce a number of different variations of this popular tea table exhibiting examples at both the 1902 and 1905 Salon des Industries du Mobilier in Paris. A similar parquetry étagère, with figural rather than foliate chutes was exhibited at St. Louis in 1904 and again at Liege in 1905 (see Christopher Payne pages 94 & 95, pls. 105 and 106 and page 117, pls. 131 & 132).