• 19th Century Furniture, Sculpt auction at Christies

    Sale 7750

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    24 September 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 64

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND ROSEWOOD BUREAU PLAT

    BY FRANÇOIS LINKE, INDEX NUMBER 133, PARIS, EARLY 20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND ROSEWOOD BUREAU PLAT
    BY FRANÇOIS LINKE, INDEX NUMBER 133, PARIS, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    The leathered top above a shaped frieze set with three drawers, the reverse with false drawers, on cabriole legs, the locks engraved CT LINKE/SERRURERIE/PARIS
    29½ in. (75 cm.) high; 55¼ in. (145 cm.) wide; 30¾ in. (78 cm.) deep


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    LITERATURE:
    C. Payne, François Linke 1855-1946: The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, Woodbridge, 2003, pp. 438-9.

    Index Number 133 was perhaps among Linke's favoured models, which he produced in an array of sizes and kept the largest-available version in his personal study. Payne cites that around 1911 the authorship of index number 133 was the subject of some dispute. According to Linke's registres, the firm had supplied twenty-six models to Schmidt & Piollet soon after the design's inception in 1892. However, Linke increased the production costs of the popular model and as a result Schmidt, a long-standing client of Linke's, had copied the model without the appropriate permissions. Though the outcome of the dispute can only be speculated, letters written by Linke in response to Schmidt's reproductions confirmed that the designs were of his own hand with the chutes designed by Léon Messagé.

    Another example of Index Number 133 of the same size, sold Christie's, New York, 25 October 2007, lot 447 ($49,000).

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