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Meuble Soleil Commode by François Linke
- One of only three of its kind, this commode was crafted by François Linke
- Inspired by François Alix's iconic "Meuble Soleil" design, Linke's creation showcases his own genius
- Breche marble shelves and top, marquetry and ormolu form the body of the cabinet
- Linke is considered France's leading ébéniste of the early 20th century
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The superior quality of the breche marble shelves and top,. . .
The superior quality of the breche marble shelves and top, marquetry and ormolu that form the undulating body of the cabinet serve as a testament to Linke’s unwavering dedication to perfection. The craftsman spared no expense, investing significant time and utilizing only the finest materials to create this work of art. Tens of thousands of hand-wrought chisel marks are visible within the ormolu frieze of scrolling foliage. The breathtaking marquetry landscape on the front is perhaps the commode's greatest feature, depicting a radiant sun bursting from behind trees, elegantly enhanced by Linke's unmistakable signature on the lower right molding and on the inside of the inner cabinets.
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 in 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.
As one of the most masterful furniture designers and bronziers of his time, François Alix would only supply designs and bronze pieces to the most skilled of his contemporaries. Linke chose this unique design personally and only produced three versions of this remarkable piece, with the first one crafted in 1910. A similar commode is housed in the Royal Collection Trust.
Early 20th century
Signed "F. Linke" and stamped "CT LINKE / SERRURERIE / PARIS / 1605"
39" high x 72" wide x 22" deep
Ledoux-Lebard, D., Le Mobilier Francais du XIXe Siecle (1984), Paris, p. 25.
Payne, C., Francois Linke: The Belle Epoque of French Furniture (2003), Woodbridge, p. 436.