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Zwiener and Linke Vitrine circa 1890

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Zwiener and Linke Vitrine circa 1890

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This magnificent vitrine was created by master ébénistes Joseph Zwiener and Francois Linke

Key Features

  • This opulent vitrine was crafted by master ébénistes Joseph Zwiener and Francois Linke
  • The pair were the leading ébénistes of the 19th century
  • This rare cabinet features robust Rococo doré bronze and fine kingwood
  • Signed 'F. Linke.'
  • Circa 1890
  • 43 1/2" wide x 17 1/2" deep x 59" high

Item Details

  • Width:
    43 1/2 Inches
  • Height:
    59 Inches
  • Depth:
    17 1/2 Inches
  • Period:
    Louis XV-Style
  • Origin:
    France
This spectacular vitrine is the product of an exceptional collaboration between Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener and François Linke, two of the most respected and talented ébénistes of the late 19th century. Known for their elaborate interpretations of the rococo, this vitrine is hallmarked by the robust doré bronze mounts and richly grained kingwood both craftsmen employed in their imaginative works. In terms of artistry, size and condition, this vitrine serves as a testament to the incomparable skills of the finest furniture makers of the 19th century and the time-honored trade of the ébéniste.

Signed 'F. Linke.'

Circa 1890

43 1/2" wide x 17 1/2" deep x 59" high

Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener and François Linke both enjoyed successful careers as the premier Parisian cabinetmakers, or ébénistes, of the late 19th century. Their awe-inspiring works commanded the attention of the judges of the Paris Exposition Universelle, both winning gold medals for their adaptations of the complex rococo. Linke almost certainly studied under Zwiener, who was six years his elder and a fellow German speaker. According to records of the time, Linke is mentioned as "working in Paris with German masters." When Linke became famous in his own right, he continued to utilize the same techniques he acquired under Zwiener's tutelage. It is rare to come across such a captivating piece that is distinguished by the skill of two acclaimed individuals combined with beautiful design and proportion.

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

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