A virtually identical piano also signed on the mounts by F. Linke and made by Erard is illustrated in C. Payne, 19th Century European Furniture, Woodbridge, 1989, p. 171.
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 1855, he moved to Paris in 1881. He produced furniture of the highest quality at his workshops at 170, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, and established showrooms at 26, Place Vendme. His work often interpreted the styles predominant during the ancienne rgime, however he designed and manufactured furniture that set him apart from his competitors, both in terms of quality and design.