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    Sale 7569

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

    19 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 132

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED SATINE, TULIPWOOD, ROSEWOOD, PARQUETRY AND MARQUETRY WRITING-TABLE

    BY FRANÇOIS LINKE, INDEX NUMBER 168, PARIS, EARLY 20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED SATINE, TULIPWOOD, ROSEWOOD, PARQUETRY AND MARQUETRY WRITING-TABLE
    BY FRANÇOIS LINKE, INDEX NUMBER 168, PARIS, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    The serpentine top inlaid with cube parquetry within a banded border and pierced foliate surround, above a shaped bois de bout frieze with ribbon-tied laurel mounts and 'crab' acanthus escutcheon, the front fitted with a central drawer, on cabriole legs headed by foliate clasps running to scrolled acanthus sabots; signed F. Linke to the front right side clasp, the reverse of the lockplate stamped in an oval CT LINKE/PARIS
    30¼ in. (76.5 cm.) high; 44 in. (112 cm.) wide; 25¼ in. (64 cm.) deep


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    Featuring Linke's signature 'crab' clasp, index number 168 was simultaneously produced both as a centre-table, as here, and as a vitrine-table or bijoutière. Each variation was also available with either chutes 'à fleurs' to the angles, as in the present example, or with chutes 'à caryatides'. An example of a vitrine-table with the former was sold Christie's, New York, 24 April 2002, lot 361, and an example with the latter is visible on Linke's stand at the Paris Salon des Industries du Mobilier in 1902 (see C. Payne, François Linke, 1855-1946 - The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, Woodbridge, 2003, p. 170, pl. 184). Meanwhile, a centre-table version featuring chutes 'à caryatides' was supplied for the King of Egypt, Fuad I, and is visible in a contemporary photograph of a study at the Ras al-Tin palace (see Payne, op. cit., p. 273, pl. 288 and p. 291, pl. 301).

    Please see lot 200 for a note on François Linke.

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