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Giltwood furniture by Linke is not only rare, but can be difficult to identify as it tends to be unmarked. It is therefore an unusual sign of quality that Linke decided to stamp this suite with his name.
Linke also included the suite in an engraving of his Place Vêndome showroom, used for publicity, which is a further representation of how highly he regarded it. The distinctive trophy carved cresting's and foliate Aubusson upholstery can clearly be seen in this engraving (see pages 160 & 161, pls. 171 and 172, in Christopher Payne 'François Linke, 1855-1946, The Belle Époque of French Furniture'). Linke also exhibited a fauteuil in this style at the Salon du Mobilier of 1911 (illustrated by Christopher Payne on p.190, plate 205).
Christopher Payne notes that the best intact single collection of giltwood furniture supplied by Linke was that made for the King of Egypt in the 1920's. He supplied two hundred Régence style giltwood chairs for the Abdeen Palace alone.
Meyer, Jonathan: ‘Great Exhibitions’, Antique Collectors club, Woodbridge, 2006, p. 298 - 300.
Denise Ledoux-Lebard, 'Les Ébénistes du XIX Siècle',pps 439-43.
'Revue Artistique & Industrielle', July-August 1900.
'The Paris Exhibition 1900', ed. D. Coral Thomsen, Art,Journal, 1901, p.341