• A Marriage of Collections: The auction at Christies

    Sale 2398

    A Marriage of Collections: The Property of Dr. Julius and Dena K. Tarshis

    21 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 29

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD BIBLIOTHEQUE

    BY FRANCOIS LINKE, INDEX NUMBER 305, PARIS, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD BIBLIOTHEQUE
    BY FRANCOIS LINKE, INDEX NUMBER 305, PARIS, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    With brèche d'Alep marble top, over a spreading frieze centered by a mask, over a pair of grillé doors, the angles mounted with saytr masks, one signed F. Linke, on short cabriole legs with scrolled sabots, the lockplate stamped CT LINKE/SERRURERIE/PARIS/305
    70 7/8 in. (180 cm.) high; 53 1/8 in. (135 cm.) wide; 18 in. (45.5 cm.) deep


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    François Linke (d. 1946) was one of the most celebrated ébénistes of his time. Born in Pankraz, Bohemia, Linke moved to Paris in 1875 and six years later established independent ateliers at 170, rue de Faubourg St. Antoine. As was the practice among contemporaries and noteworthy predecessors, such as Alfred Beurdeley and Henry Dasson, Linke initially produced furniture derived from styles popular during the 18th century ancien régime. By 1900, his worldwide reputation as an individualistic master of high quality furniture was already established. Linke's international acclaim following the 1900 exhibition afforded him a high degree of financial stability, not only allowing him to establish a large showroom on the fashionable place Vendôme, but also to pursue new and further distant markets by exhibiting at other international shows. These included the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, where he was again awarded a gold medal, Liège in 1905 and the Franco-British exhibition in London in 1908.

    A watercolor of a very similar bibliothéque is illustrated in C. Payne, François Linke: The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, Woodbridge, 2003, p. 440.