A Rare Pair of Marble Top Carved Giltwood Consoles
A Rare Pair of Marble Top Carved Giltwood Consoles

FRANÇOIS LINKE (1855-1946)

A Rare Pair of Marble Top Carved Giltwood Consoles

c. 1909 France

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A Rare Pair of Marble Top Carved Giltwood Consoles with Shaped Fleur de Pêcher Marble Tops, by François Linke.

Linke title: Consoles Louis XV bois sculpté doré.
Linke index No. 1890.

This is a unique pair of console tables enjoyed by François Linke in his apartment on the Quai Henry IV in Paris. One console was made for Linke's important client Elias Meyer, order number 1237, in 1909. For an illustration of the table in situ at Meyers apartment, see Payne, p. 243, pl. 258. The second matching console was made, by Linke in September 1921, probably also for Meyer. At this time Linke commissioned von Belle to remake both marbles in fleur de pêcher.

On Meyer's death in April 1925, Linke repurchased a large quantity of the furniture he had sold to Meyer for his flat in Grosvenor Square, London, for 348,660 francs.

Although the client invoices for the original order of 1909 are missing, a detailed list in Linke's hand survives recording the items purchased from Meyer’s widow. The consoles are are entered in the list as ‘2 consoles bois dore avec marbe a 1,780 - 3,740 (francs)’, further suggesting that both tables had been made for Meyer’s apartment.
François Linke’s daughter, Quai Henry IV, Paris.
Prior to 1925 the property of Elias Meyer, 16 Grosvenor Square, London.
Payne, Christopher: ‘François Linke, 1855 - 1946, The Belle Epoque of French Furniture’, 2003, p. 243, pl. 258, pp. 250-251, p. 292, pl. 302 & p.293, pl. 302.
Height 91.00 cm (35.83 inches)
Width 122.00 cm (48.03 inches)
Depth 55.00 cm (21.65 inches)
Stock Code
Carved Giltwood
Both consoles stamped ‘F. Linke’ and inscribed in black ink ‘No. 1890 / console’,
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