Attributed to François Linke, in the manner of Charles Cresent, Paris, circa 1885
Attributed to François Linke, in the manner of Charles Cresent, Paris, circa 1885
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Attributed to François Linke, in the manner of Charles Cresent, Paris, circa 1885

A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND BOIS SATINÉ COMMODE

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Attributed to François Linke, in the manner of Charles Cresent, Paris, circa 1885
A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND BOIS SATINÉ COMMODE
The brèche de Medicis marble top above two drawers mounted with rocaille encadrements and putti suspending a monkey, the angles with espangolette busts, the lockplate stamped 'MON THEAU THIEFFINES SUCCR SERRURIER PARIS', with further 'ZN' and 'FL' marks to the reverse of the bronzes
38 in. (96.5 cm.) high; 62 ½ in. (159 cm.) wide; 26½ in. (67.5 cm.) deep
Provenance
A Private Collection Volume II; Sotheby's, New York, 19 April 2007, lot 32 ($90,000).
Property from an Ohio Estate; Christie’s, New York, 14-15 April 2011, lot 158 ($95,000).
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Lot Essay

Research suggests that this Cressent-inspired commode was manufactured by Linke for Maison Krieger. It is interesting to note that no glass photographic cliché for it exists in the Linke Archive. However, a photographic record of the present lot, illustrated here, does survive in the Archive and was likely acquired from Krieger once Linke had established a comprehensive record of clichés. Linke's early relationship with established Parisian cabinet-makers is well-documented in Christopher Payne's reference on the ébéniste, which cites Krieger and Jansen among Linke's first clients during the early 1880s (C. Payne, François Linke: The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, Woodbridge, 2003, p. 37). Further supporting the attribution is the existence of nearly identical commodes supplied by Krieger, an example of which is illustrated in P. Kjellberg Le meuble français et europeén du moyen âge à nos jours, Paris, 1991, p. 490.

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