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A Louis XVI style ormolu-mounted mahogany demi-lune commode
A Louis XVI style ormolu-mounted mahogany demi-lune commode

AFTER THE MODEL BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS LELEU, BY FRANÇOIS LINKE, PARIS, CIRCA 1910

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A Louis XVI style ormolu-mounted mahogany demi-lune commode After the model by Jean-François Leleu, By François Linke, Paris, Circa 1910 The violet and yellow brecciated marble top above a conforming vine-cast frieze set with a central drawer, above a further pair of drawers, the fluted angles with scrolled acanthus and oak-leaf clasped volutes, on circular legs tapering to acanthus-capped feet, the right-hand angle inscribed Linke, the locks stamped to the reverse CT LINKE/SERRURERIE/PARIS, the reverse of the carcass stamped with RESTORATION/C&L ANTIQUE 34in. (86.4cm.) high; 60in. (152.3cm.) wide; 25¾in. (65.4cm.) deep

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A pupil and later collaborator with Jean-François Oeben, Jean-François Leleu became maître on the latter's death in 1763. His work can be divided into two concurrent but distinct styles: the first, owing more to the legacy of Oeben, being of large, solid forms, more noble in style; the second, although retaining the clean, definite lines of the first, being an exercise in elegance and understatement. It is this second style for which Leleu is chiefly remembered and which the present commode (now at Versailles), with its lightly bombé form and restrained frieze mounts, is a principal example.

See lot 378 for a note on François Linke.

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