The present commode is based on Jean-Henri Riesener's celebrated commode supplied in 1776 to Louis XVI for his cabinet intérieur at Fontainebleau.
At a cost of 209 francs, François Linke purchased a set of patterns for the commode at the sale of the restorer and furniture-maker, Cueunières in November 1902. The model would prove a commercial success for Linke who reinterpreted Riesener's design in versions of different sizes and complexity under Index Numbers 10, 104, 886, 1036 and 1437. Index Number 10, represented here in The Cornwall Collection, was a true replica of Riesener's original at 170 cm. wide (see C. Payne, François Linke: The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, Woodbridge, 2003, p. 205-206).