Pair of Transitional Style Gilt-Bronze and Vernis Martin Mounted Vitrines

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Object Description

A Very Fine Pair of Transitional Style Gilt-Bronze and Vernis Martin Mounted Vitrines, by François Linke.

The lockplates inscribed ‘CT. Linke’.

This exceptional pair of vitrines each have a lower section incorporating three finely painted Watteauesque Vernis Martin panels, depicting romantic figures and musicians, and set with in an Arcadian landscape in the manner of the fête galante. The central frieze of each vitrine incorporates a finely chiselled gilt-bronze mounts of scrolling acanthus and foliate running pattern, centered by a mask of Apollo flanked by cornucopia and recumbent capra.

French, Circa 1890

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.

Object Literature

Payne, Christopher. François Linke, (1855 – 1946), The Belle Époque of French Furniture, Antique Collectors’ Club, (Woodbridge, UK), 2003.
Meyer, Jonathan. Great Exhibitions – London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collectors’ Club, (Woodbridge, UK), 2006; pp. 298 – 300.
Ledoux – Lebard, Denise. Les Ébénistes du XIXe siècle, Les Editions de l’Amateur, (Paris), 1984; pp. 439-43.

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