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A NEAR PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD VITRINES
A NEAR PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD VITRINES
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A NEAR PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD VITRINES

BY FRANÇOIS LINKE, INDEX NUMBER 509, PARIS, CIRCA 1900

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A NEAR PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD VITRINES
BY FRANÇOIS LINKE, INDEX NUMBER 509, PARIS, CIRCA 1900
Each with serpentine fleur de pêcher marble top above a central bombé glazed door set with a foliate-cast ormolu frame and trelliswork, the mirrored interior fitted with three adjustable glass shelves, the angles set with floral clasps, above a shaped apron centered by a 'crab-like' acanthus mount, on cabriole legs with scrolled sabots, one signed F. Linke to the upper right ormolu clasp, the other to the left clasp, variously incised FL to the reverse of the bronzes, one lock-plate removed revealing the stamp CT LINKE/SERRURERIE/PARIS and 509, wired for interior lighting
65 in. (165 cm.) high, 33½ in. (85 cm.) wide, 16 1/8 in. (41 cm.) deep

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Lot Essay

Christopher Payne has suggested that Linke created the present model, index number 509, immediately before the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. The scrolling foliate-cast ormolu frame to the bombé glazed door and sides of this pair of vitrines is comparable to that applied to a vitrine first produced by Linke in 1897, index number 487. A single example of this vitrine, which is similar in proportion to the pair offered here, was sold Christie's, New York, 26 October 2004, lot 321 ($237,100). Similar rocaille trelliswork was also applied to index number 905, listed by Linke as 'Vitrine Louis XV bronze sur glace', which was first exhibited at the Paris 1900 Exposition Universelle. An another pair from a Distinguished American Collection was sold at Christie's, London, 28 October 2014, lot 63 (£122,500).

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