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    Sale 1940

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

    25 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 435

    A LOUIS XVI STYLE ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY VITRINE-ON-STAND

    IN THE MANNER OF ADAM WEISWEILER, BY FRANÇOIS LINKE INDEX NUMBER 684, PARIS, EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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    A LOUIS XVI STYLE ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY VITRINE-ON-STAND
    IN THE MANNER OF ADAM WEISWEILER, BY FRANÇOIS LINKE INDEX NUMBER 684, PARIS, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    The rectangular top with egg-and-dart moulded edge, above a frieze centred by a laurel-festooned Bacchic mask and scrolling acanthus, over a glazed door centred by a ribbon-suspended lyre and foliate pendant, the interior with a two adjustable shelves, with panelled sides, the angles with tapering female caryatids, above a guilloche frieze set to the front with a short drawer, on tapering fluted quiver-form legs joined by a pierced stretcher surmounted by an urn finial, on toupie feet, the moulding signed F. Linke
    68¾ in. (174.5 cm.) high; 29½ in. (75 cm.) wide; 16 7/8 in. (43 cm.) deep


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    Payne notes that the present model was originally made by Alfred Beurdeley before being copied and later adapted as a vitrine by Linke. An example of both the cabinet and vitrine was supplied to Elias Meyer for his Grosvenor Square mansion. Upon Meyer's death in 1926, both were re-purchased by Linke and subsequently sold to the King of Egypt towards the end of the same decade. However, the present example is likely to be later converted to a vitrine from the original parquetry panelled model, as Linke's vitrine model lacks the central lyre-form pendant seen here (see C. Payne, François Linke 1855-1946: The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, Woodbridge, 2003, p. 247).

    Literature

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