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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 454

    A LOUIS XV STYLE ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, MARQUETRY AND PARQUETRY WRITING-TABLE

    BY FRANÇOIS LINKE, PARIS, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    A LOUIS XV STYLE ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, MARQUETRY AND PARQUETRY WRITING-TABLE
    BY FRANÇOIS LINKE, PARIS, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    The shaped top with moulded ormolu surround, decorated with cube parquetry and floral sprays, above a shaped frieze set with foliate and shell-cast encadrement, fitted with a central drawer, on cabriole legs each headed by a water-spilling scallop-shell and terminating in a scrolling sabot
    29¾ in. (75.5 cm.) high; 30¾ in. (78 cm.) wide; 18½ in. (47 cm.) deep


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    This table appears to be a variation of index number 162 for which an entry in Linke's Daybook records an invoice to Poly for the gilding on the 30 December 1900.
    Although similar to many small tables which were such an important mainstay of Linke's early production, the present lot is adorned with far superior mounts that show the influence of Léon Messagé in their combination of a stylised Louis XV rococo with the moderne 'Art Nouveau'. The central shell encadrement to the frieze was also used for a fine bureau de dame (index number 552) that was originally modeled for the 1900 Exposition Universelle. An example of the present lot can be seen in a photograph of Linke's Salon des Industries du Mobilier stand, taken in September 1902 (see C. Payne. François Linke, 1855-1946 - The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, Woodbridge, 2003, p. 170, pl. 184).

    Another, plainer variation of this model, of similar form but with less exuberant mounts was sold, Sotheby's, New York, A Private Collection: Volume I, 26 October 2006, lot 75 ($30,000).

    We are grateful to Christopher Payne for researching and preparing this catalogue note.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 18 March 1993, lot 106.