Louis XVI-Style Vitrine by Francois Linke

  • This opulent Louis XVI-style kingwood and ormolu vitrine was crafted by the famed François Linke
  • Linke is the most renowned ébéniste of the 19th and early 20th centuries
  • This display cabinet features ormolu mounts of the utmost intricacy
  • Cabinets of this quality and condition by Linke are becoming increasingly rare
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Item No. 29-1351

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This exquisite kingwood and ormolu vitrine was crafted by François Linke, the finest and most renowned ébéniste of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Beautifully fashioned in the style of Louis XVI, this lovely display cabinet features intricate inlay and ormolu mounts of laurel swags, carytids, and a cameo-style plaque. From its variegated marble top to its delicate paw feet, this vitrine is both dramatic and sublime. 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.

Circa 1900

21 ¼" wide x 12 ¾" deep x 43" high

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.
This Francois Linke vitrine is a rare and desirable example of turn-of-the-century French furniture
Maker: Linke, Francois
Period: 20th Century
Origin: France
Type: Cabinets/Vitrines/Bookcases
Depth: 12.75 Inches
Width: 21.25 Inches
Height: 42.88 Inches
Style: Louis XVI

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