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A French ormolu-mounted mahogany gueridon
A French ormolu-mounted mahogany gueridon

BY FRANCOIS LINKE, PARIS, CIRCA 1900

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A French ormolu-mounted mahogany gueridon
By Francois Linke, Paris, Circa 1900
Inset with a circular verde antico green marble top with a foliate-cast edge, on four shaped tapering legs, each headed by a vertical open-mouthed dolphin mount with bulrushes, joined by a shaped channelled stretcher, on foliate-cast feet, signed on one F.Linke
30 in. (76.2 cm.) high; 30 in. (77.5 cm.) diameter

Lot Essay

Franois Linke (d. 1946), awarded the gold medal for his Grand Bureau at the 1900 paris Exposition Universelle, was the most celebrated bniste of his time. Born in Bohemia in 1885, he moved to Paris in 1881. He produced furniture of the highest quality at his workshop at 170, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, and established showrooms at 26, Place Vendme. His work often interpreted the styles predominant during the Ancien Rgime, however he designed and manufactured furniture that set him apart from his competitors, both in terms of quality and design, as he had a spirit that captured the Louis XV style though retaining his highly individual approach.
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