Much like his contemporaries, François Linke’s early career as a burgeoning ébéniste was spent creating faithful reproductions of royal 18th century furnishings, including works by André-Charles Boulle. In 1894, Linke purchased ten lots of modèles bronzes from Henry Dasson’s atelier sale following the prolific cabinetmaker’s death, which totaled 4,399.45 francs. Among the patterns were designs for an armoire originally conceived by Boulle in 1710 and subsequently transferred to Musée du Louvre in 1870. In keeping with the spirit of Boulle’s oeuvre, Linke’s index number 609 incorporates a number of the Dasson patterns and the cabinet front could be fitted with either coromandel lacquer panels, as seen on the present lot, or with grill doors to serve as a bibliothèque. Though the bronzes were acquired earlier in Linke’s career, no record survives for the present model until it was made three times during the 1920s. Interestingly, the present armoire appears in the photographic cliché for the model and is illustrated in C. Payne, François Linke: The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, Woodbridge, 2003, p. 198, pl. 214.