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François Linke Vitrines Louis XVI Style

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Extraordinary workmanship and beauty distinguish this pair of vitrines by François Linke

Key Features

  • These resplendent mahogany vitrines were crafted by master ébéniste François Linke
  • These Louis XVI-inspired creations display Linke's superior craftsmanship
  • Doré bronze mounts of the highest order distinguish these remarkable vitrines
  • Circa 1880
  • 50 wide x 15 deep x 88 high

Item Details

  • Width:
    50 Inches
  • Height:
    88 Inches
  • Depth:
    15 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    France
Superior craftsmanship and elegant adornment characterize this exceptional, matching pair of mahogany vitrines by François Linke, the most influential and distinguished French ébéniste of his time. Credited for designing highly innovative furnishings by infusing Rococo style and the latest trends of Paris, these Louis XVI-style Linke vitrines exemplify the wonderful talent of this truly original artisan. Beautifully embellished with doré bronze mounts of the absolute highest order, these vitrines are fitted with glass doors, shelving and mirrors, making them exceptional display pieces.

The nature of Linke's business was divided into two broadly based groups, both of which moved his career into the wealthiest of social circles. The established decorating partnership of Carlhian & Beaumetz, quickly became one of Linke's biggest clients, and their name appears in Linke's records frequently between 1888-1910. Carlhian & Beaumetz commissioned from Linke numerous pieces for highly prominent and significant buyers such as the Hamptons of Pall Mall, the Duveens, Arabella Huntington and the Hindleys. In fact, in 1905, Hindley, an important English furniture maker and retailer, distributed a catalogue for his Bond Street store, which almost solely featured Linke furniture. Linke's private patronage of influential socialites also grew rapidly. Records show commissions for Kaiser Wilhelm II, the Katzensteins, Elias Meyer, the King of Egypt, Faud I and the Devotos, wealthy aristocrats of Italy and Argentina. Today, the regard for Linke's creations is unwavering and it is even more rewarding to obtain a piece of furniture by this incredible ébéniste, one of the most important furniture makers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

References:
François Linke 1855-1946: The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, 2003, Christopher Payne

Circa 1880

50" wide x 15" deep x 88" high    
A crowning achievement for Francois Linke, this monumental vitrine illustrates everything that made this craftsman famous. Taking its cue from the rococo style, this vitrine is infused with an Art Nouveau panache. Linke collaborated with noted Parisian sculptor Léon Messagé to create the extraordinaryt bronze mounts.

The Allure of 19th Century Parisian Furniture

Lessons from the Masters Paul Sormani and Francois Linke

Few furniture styles speak of elegance and opulence like those of 18th century Paris. The great Kings of France, namely Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI, each ushered in a style of decorating that reflected their own personal tastes, from extravagance of the rococo to the restrained exuberance of the neoclassic.   Read More »

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