This giltwood suite, Linke registre number 1350, formed part of the private collection of François Linke at his apartment on the quai Henri IV, Paris. Two of the armchairs can be seen in a contemporary photograph of the main salon (see facing page). Linke only made this model twice and the present suite was made in his workshops between March and April 1911 at a cost price in the white’books of 6,444 francs 40 centimes.
The second suite was made for the King of Egypt between November 1932 and January 1933, possibly including a second canapé. Much of the Linke furniture supplied to the King of Egypt has been dispersed since, although a similar pair of armchairs can still be seen today in the Salon Vert at the Abdeen Palace, Cairo.
A similar Linke five piece giltwood and Aubusson tapestry salon suite from the Meyer Mansion’s drawing room in Grosvenor Squar, IcCirca 1909, sold in these rooms, 21 March 2002, lot 293 (£80,750).
Footnote researched and compiled by Christopher Payne. Please see lot 56 for a further note on Linke.