An Important Louis XV Style Exhibition Bombé Vitrine

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Object Description

An Important Louis XV Style Exhibition Bombé Vitrine by François Linke & Léon Messagé.

French, Circa 1890.

Signed ‘F. Linke’ to the upper right hand mount.
Stamped ‘FL’ to the reverse of the bronze mounts.
Linke Index No. 905.

Examples of this vitrine can be clearly seen on Linke’s much praised stand at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, and also in a view of the main drawing room of the Meyer residence in Grosvenor Square, London, illustrated by Christopher Payne.

This model of vitrine with the very complex bronze mount extending over the glazed area was a speciality of Linke, the best known example being his astounding critically acclaimed vitrine at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. Of this model of vitrine, this example is the rarest with the central bronze mask above the door.

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 Epoque of French Furniture, Antique Collectors’ Club, (Woodbridge, UK), 2003; pps. 121 (plate 136), 122 (plate 137), 151, 153 (plate 161).

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