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    Sale 2034

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

    21 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 343

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY, TULIPWOOD AND PARQUETRY TEA-TABLE

    IN THE MANNER OF ADAM WEISWEILER, BY FRANÇOIS LINKE, PARIS, EARLY 20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY, TULIPWOOD AND PARQUETRY TEA-TABLE
    IN THE MANNER OF ADAM WEISWEILER, BY FRANÇOIS LINKE, PARIS, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    The removable rectangular tray with scrolled foliate handles, held aloft by four triton supports, on an ormolu-moulded rectangular top, over a conforming frieze centred on each side with a ribbon-tied and ivy-entwined thyrsus, on four classically-draped female terms joined by a pierced stretcher with central basket mount, on tapering toupie feet, the moulding signed F. Linke
    37.5 in. (95 cm.) high; 31.5 in. (80 cm.) wide; 22.5 in. (57 cm.) deep


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    Perhaps a unique marriage of index numbers 610 and 114, known as Linke's Table à thé and Table Louis XVI Marie-Antoinette, respectively, the present tea-table incorporates forms popularized by his collaboration with Léon Messagé as well as paying homage to Weisweiler's iconic design. The upper section cast with triton supports is borrowed from Linkes celebrated tea-table displayed in his stand at the 1900 Exposition Universelle. Whilst index number 610 was known to be produced in variant designs (see C. Payne, pp. 94 & 117), the incorporation of Weisweiler's model is previously unseen in the artist's oeuvre. Payne further cites that the frieze decoration on index number 114 was varied between models, and of those models produced by Linke the design never quite replicated that of Weisweiler's original. In this instance, one may speculate the simplified ivy-entwined thyrsus frieze seen here is once again Linke's re-interpretation of the model.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY


    Literature

    C. Payne, François Linke, 1855-1946 - The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, Woodbridge, 2003.