Louis XV-style Cabinet by François Linke

  • This exceptional Louis XV-style library cabinet was crafted by the great François Linke
  • Linke is renowned for his eloquent blending of classic French and turn-of-the-century styles
  • This library cabinet showcases brilliant doré bronze and sublime marquetry work
  • Today, Linke is considered the finest ébéniste of the late 19th and early 20th century
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Item No. 26-8929

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Sumptuous doré bronze and elaborate marquetry distinguish this important Louis XV-style mahogany library cabinet by Francois Linke, the most celebrated and influential ébéniste of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Impeccable in both style and condition, this cabinet features stunning lattice-form marquetry on the central cabinet flanked by brass mesh paneled doors that open to reveal storage for important papers. Intricate gilded bronze mounts in exquisite bacchanalian motifs complete this elegant design. Known for his deft interpretation of 18th-century styles, Linke created furniture of exceptional quality. Combining the splendor of Rococo with the fluidity of Art Nouveau, Linke established a new manner while respecting traditional art forms. Today, fine cabinets such as this are becoming increasingly scarce.

M. (F.) Linke's work was original in the true sense of the word, and as such commended itself to the intelligent seeker after the really artistic things of the Exhibition. Wonderful talent was employed in producing the magnificent pieces of furniture displayed..."-The 1900 Paris Exhibition Art Journal

For Linke, winning the coveted Gold Medal at the 1900 Paris Exhibition Universelle confirmed his already solid reputation as France's leading ébéniste. His work had long been admired for its exceptional quality and unique interpretation of the Louis XV style. Born in Bohemia in 1855, Linke moved to Paris in 1881 where he established his now-famous workshop and showroom. Word of Linke's superior work spread quickly through France and he soon eclipsed even the finest furniture houses of Paris. Today, Linke is counted among the most important furniture makers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his work is dearly coveted by collectors.

Signed "F. Linke"

Circa 1900

78 1/2" wide x 22" deep x 72" high
This François Linke library cabinet exhibits the artisan's superior craftsmanship
Period: 20th Century
Origin: France
Type: Cabinets/Vitrines/Bookcases
Depth: 22.0 Inches
Width: 78.5 Inches
Height: 72.0 Inches
Style: Louis XV

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