A Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Stands

FRANÇOIS LINKE (1855-1946)

A Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Stands

c. 1890 France

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A Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Stands, Attributed to François Linke.

This delicate pair of mahogany pedestals or vase stands have a pierced gallery surround, above a frieze drawer with a concealed secret catch and a pull-out slide. Each stand is embellished with gilt-bronze scrolling foliate mounts and raised on square tapering legs, united by a shaped stretcher with a pomegranate finial.

An almost identical stand, with typical slender legs and shaped stretcher is illustrated by Christopher Payne in François Linke (1855-1946) 'The Belle Epoque of French Furniture', p. 53, pl. 44. It is described as a stand or gaine and titled by Linke as 'Pedestal Louis XVI acajou et bronzes dorés', index number 56. It was available with or without a slide and a drawer, priced between 400 and 500 francs. A comparable version is also shown as a pencil drawing from Linke's Daybook and illustrated in Payne, p. 474.

This is a very early Linke model and as such does not have the familiar Linke 'FL' stamp on the reverse of the bronze mounts. This is perfectly normal as at this very early stage of his long career Linke was not established enough to mark his own master models, a discipline which is believed by Christopher Payne to have started with the huge project Linke embarked on for the 1900 Paris Universal Exhibition.
Payne, Christopher, 'François Linke, (1855 - 1946), The Belle Époque of French Furniture', Antique Collectors' Club, (Woodbridge), 2003; p. 53, pl. 44; p.474.
Height 85.00 cm (33.46 inches)
Width 26.00 cm (10.24 inches)
Depth 26.00 cm (10.24 inches)
Stock Code
Mahogany, Gilt-Bronze
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