A Rare Near Pair of Louis XV Style Parquetry Étagère Tables

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Object Description

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).

Object History

François Linke (1855 – 1946) was the most important Parisian cabinet maker of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and possibly the most sought after cabinet maker of his period.

He was born in 1855 in the small village of Pankraz, in what is now the Czech Republic. Records show that Linke served an apprenticeship with the master cabinetmaker Neumann, then in 1875 at the age of 20 he arrived in Paris where he lived until he died in 1946.

Object Literature

Payne, Christopher. François Linke 1855-1946; The Belle Époque of French Furniture, Antique Collectors’ Club, (Woodbridge, UK), 2003; p. 94, pl. 105, p.117, pls 131 & 132, p. 143, p. 170, pl. 184, p. 171, pl. 184, p. 175, pl. 190, p. 182, pl. 197, p. 183, pl. 198, p. 187, pl. 203, p. 494.

Meyer, Jonathan. Great Exhibitions, Antique Collectors’ club, (Woodbridge, UK), 2006; p. 298 – 300.

Ledoux-Lebard,Denise. Les Ébénistes du XIX siècle, Les Editions de l’Amateur, (Paris); pps 439-43.

‘Revue Artistique & Industrielle’, July-August 1900.

‘The Paris Exhibition 1900’, ed. D. Coral Thomsen, ‘Art Journal’, 1901, p.341.

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