Lot 203

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Louis XVI style ormolu-mounted acajou bed, possibly Linke late 19th century
shaped and paneled headboard with Neoclassical styling, foliate wreath and cresting, with corresponding low footboard and unifying rails, raised on trumpet feet, decorated with acanthus, flowerhead drops and beaded moldings.
H57" W48" L84"

Provenance: François Linke (1855-1946) was undoubtedly the most important Parisian ébéniste of his time. Having served an apprenticeship in his hometown of Pankraz, Bohemia, Linke arrived in Paris in 1875 and set up independent workshops at 170, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine in 1881 and later also at 26, Place Vendôme. By the time of the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, Link's worldwide reputation as a master of high individualism and inventiveness was already established and unmatched by his contemporaries. His success afforded him a high degree of financial stability and allowed him to pursue new markets by exhibiting at subsequent international fairs. Like the inventories of contemporaries such as Beurdeley and Dasson, Linke's oeuvre included copies and adaptations of the distinct styles of 18th century important and royal French furniture. However, his most extravagant exhibition pieces combined the Louis XV style with the new Art Nouveau style. Linke's frequent collaborator for his designs was the celebrated sculptor Léon Messagé. In 1904, he was made Officier de L'Instruction Publique, and in 1905 he was called to be a member of the Jury of the Liège exhibition. Linke was decorated with the highest distinction of France, the Croix de la Légion D'Honneur, on October 11, 1906.

  • All bed components appear to be original, without losses or damage to ormolu. Chip to end of one bedrail, otherwise good condition with wear consistent with age.

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September 12, 2009 10:00 AM EDT
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