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François Linke, Index Number 421, Paris, circa 1900
François Linke, Index Number 421, Paris, circa 1900
François Linke, Index Number 421, Paris, circa 1900
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François Linke, Index Number 421, Paris, circa 1900

A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY, TULIPWOOD AND BOIS SATINÉ VITRINE CABINET

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François Linke, Index Number 421, Paris, circa 1900
A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY, TULIPWOOD AND BOIS SATINÉ VITRINE CABINET
The rectangular stepped pediment top with brèche d'Alep marble slabs, over a central cupboard door mounted with a dancing muse playing the tambourine atop an urn supported by herms, opening to three adjustable shelves, flanked by glazed and paneled cabinets centered with garland swags and with two adjustable glass shelves and one fabric-covered shelf, raised on fluted tapered legs ending in leaf cast sabots, the moulding to the front right corner signed 'F. Linke', the lock plate stamped 'CT LINKE / SERRURERIE / PARIS' and numbered '421'
66 ¼ in. (168 cm.) high; 57 ½ in. (146 cm.) wide; 17 in. (43 cm.) deep
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Bonham’s, New York, 24 January 2013, lot 1251 ($43,750).
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Lot Essay

The design for the mounts on the central door, depicting Erato, the Muse of Poetry, was exhibited by Christofle at the 1878 Exposition universelle in Paris, and is engraved in the Illustrated Catalogue Paris International Exhibition, p. 137. This design probably provided François Linke with a pattern he used to create the decoration to the present cabinet. A cabinet with similar mounts to the central panel sold Christie’s, New York, 24 April 2002, lot 145 ($19,120). Another apparently unsigned cabinet closely resembling the present lot sold Christie’s, London, 28 October 1993, (£10,350).

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