PAIR OF FINE LOUIS XV STYLE ORMOLU MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND MARQUETRY PEDESTALS, BY FRANÇOIS LINKE, CIRCA 1905 pair of fine Louis XV style ormolu mounted mahogany and marquetry pedestals, by François Linke, circa 1905, modeled after a desk by Jean-Henri Riesner; the circular molded breche violette marble inset into an arched serpentine ormolu molded square top above an ormolu molded bombe case inlaid naively with foliate sprays mounted at the corners with lion pelts and splayed ormolu foliate cast cabriole legs with hairy paw feet;
François Linke (1855-1946) was undoubtedly the most important cabinetmaker in Paris at that time. As an apprentice from his hometown of Pankraz in Bohemia, Linke arrived in Paris in 1875 and founded his own studio in 1881 at 170 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, later creating an atelier at 26 place Vendôme. Linke's international reputation was already well established when the 1900 World's Fair was held in Paris, his talent and creativity remaining unparalleled: the Exposition crowned his success and strengthened the financial stability of his company, allowing him to conquer new markets abroad.
Like his contemporaries such as Zwiener and Dasson, his production included copies and pastiches inspired by the successive styles of the eighteenth century or the most famous royal furniture, but was also illustrated in the design of exuberant works, mixing Louis XV style and Art Nouveau. Linke collaborated with a famous sculptor, Leon Messagé. In 1904 he became an Officer of Public Instruction, and participated in the Exposition of St. Louis in the United States. In 1905, he was appointed juror of the Liège Exhibition and, on October 11, 1906, received the Legion of Honor. (2) - h:50.50 w:18 d:18 in.
Provenance: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. William Myron Keck (founder of The Superior Oil Company), of Owlwood Estate, Beverly Hills, CA; by descent
Exhibitions: This model was exhibited at the stand of François Linke L'Exposition de Liege in 1905 showing a pedestal of the same design.
Literature: Christopher Payne. François Linke 1855-1947 The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, Woodbridge, Antique Collectors' Club, 2003 p. 182.
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