François Linke (1855-1946), awarded the gold medal for his Grand Bureau at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, was the most celebrated ébéniste of his time. Born in Bohemia, 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 Vendôme. His work often interpreted the styles predominant during the ancienne régime, however he designed and manufactured furniture that set him apart from his competitors, both in terms of quality and design.
Cf. D.Ledoux-Lebard, Les ébénistes du XIX siecle, 1795-1889, leurs oeuvres et leurs marques, Val d'Oise, 1984, pp. 439.