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    Sale 1940

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

    25 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 447

    A REGENCE STYLE ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD AND PARQUETRY BUREAU PLAT

    BY FRANÇOIS LINKE, INDEX NUMBER 133, PARIS, EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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    A REGENCE STYLE ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD AND PARQUETRY BUREAU PLAT
    BY FRANÇOIS LINKE, INDEX NUMBER 133, PARIS, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    The rectangular ormolu-moulded top with a gilt-tooled brown leather writing surface and grotesque mask clasps, above a shaped frieze set with a central recessed drawer and flanking short drawers, the reverse with similar false drawers, each side centred with a Bacchic mask, on satyr mask-headed cabriole legs tapering to hoof-cast sabots, the moulding inscribed Linke, the locks stamped CT LINKE/SERRURERIE/PARIS and 133
    29¾ in. (75.5 cm.) high; 55 1/8 in. (140 cm.) wide; 32¼ in. (82 cm.) deep


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    Index number 133 was perhaps among Linke's favoured models, which he produced in an array of sizes and kept the largest-avaliable version in his personal study. Payne cites that 133 came under some fire circa 1911 and remains one of the Linke's only known disputes regarding authorship to this day. According to Linke's registres, the firm had supplied twenty-six models to Schmidt & Piollet soon after the design's inception in 1892. However, Linke increased the production costs of the popular model and as a result Schmidt, a long-standing client of Linke's, had copied the model without the appropriate permissions. Though the outcome of the dispute can only be speculated, letters written by Linke in response to Schmidt's reproductions confirmed that the designs were of his own hand with the chutes designed by Léon Messagé.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. & MRS. RICHARD SCHILLING, ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS (LOTS 441-462)


    Literature

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