Louis XV-Style Writing Desk by François Linke

  • This opulent ormolu rolltop writing desk was crafted by the famed French ébéniste, François Linke
  • These Louis XV-inspired creations display Linke's superior craftsmanship
  • Doré bronze mounts and rich inlay perfectly accent the fluid lines of this desk
  • Linke is counted among the most important furniture makers of the late 19th and early 20th century
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Superior craftsmanship and elegant bronzework characterize this tambour front rolltop writing desk by François Linke, the most important French ébéniste of his time. Linke is celebrated for designing highly innovative furnishings by infusing the Rococo style with the Art Nouveau trends of Paris, and this Louis XV-style desk exemplifies his highly original style. Beautifully embellished with Linke's trademark doré bronze mounts and rich inlay, this desk is exemplary of the famed ébéniste's innovative interpretations of the lavish Rococo style.

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.

A similar desk is pictured in François Linke: The Belle Epoque of French Furniture by Christopher Payne.

Stamped "Ct. Linke/Serrurerie/Paris" beneath lock plate and signed "F. Linke" on an exterior bronze mount

Late 19th century

35" wide x 20 1/4" deep x 39 1/2" high
Louis XV-Style Writing Desk by François Linke
Maker: Linke, Francois
Period: 19th Century
Origin: France
Type: Desk/Writing Tables
Depth: 20.25 Inches
Width: 35.0 Inches
Height: 39.5 Inches
Style: Louis XV

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