Making its debut at the Salon des Industries du Mobilier in 1902, this innovative table combined function with the sinuous organic designs of Léon Messagé. An unusual form, it appears that Linke produced several different versions of the model, two examples of which are represented in this sale (for the other, see lot 414). While the models share the same combination of form and function, the obvious distinction between the two is the ommission of floral marquetry on the top of the present lot. Upon closer inspection of both examples, subtle differences are noticed when comparing the mounts on the frieze and hips. Examination of a contemporary photograph of the example at the 1902 exhibition would indicate that the version exhibited there is identical to the example offered here (see C. Payne, François Linke 1855-1946, The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, Woodbridge, 2003, p. 170, plate 184).
For a further note on Linke, please see lot 316.