A Unique Monumental  Louis XVI Style Giltwood Centre Table With A Brèche  Violette Marble Top,
A Unique Monumental  Louis XVI Style Giltwood Centre Table With A Brèche  Violette Marble Top,
A Unique Monumental  Louis XVI Style Giltwood Centre Table With A Brèche  Violette Marble Top,

FRANÇOIS LINKE (1855-1946)

A Unique Monumental Louis XVI Style Giltwood Centre Table With A Brèche Violette Marble Top,

c. 1914 France

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Linke Index no. 2575.

The table has a rectangular moulded brèche violette marble top with cut-out corners above a fluted breakfront frieze carved with guilloche running pattern and cartouches with pierced carved berry and laurel swags. The table stands on eight square tapering legs carved with berry and laurel pendants, each pair centring on a turned tapering stop-fluted support, with shaped plinths supporting cherubs, and raised on leaf-tip, square tapering feet. The legs are united by a pierced intricately carved foliate X-stretcher centred on a carved flower-filled basket.

Giltwood furniture by Linke is not only rare, but can be difficult to identify as it tends to be unmarked. This table can however be confidently attributed to Linke, as an early black and white photograph of the piece, Linke index no. 2575, survives in the Linke Archive, (see page 428 pl. 501, in Christopher Payne: François Linke, 1855-1946, The Belle Époque of French Furniture). The only one of its kind known to have been produced, it was carved for Linke in May 1914 by the outworker Derivry. It formed part of the important commission of furniture ordered by the Italian born Argentinean banker Antonio Devoto.

A wealthy and prolific patron, Devoto had hoped to establish his own private museum of furniture made exclusively by Linke in his Buenos Aires home, but unfortunately died before the project could be completed.
Antonio Devoto Private Collection, Argentina.
Collection of Mrs. Barbara Woodard Lips, San Antonio,Texas.
Mayo Foundation.
Hendershott Collection.
Payne, Christopher (2003), 'François Linke, 1855 - 1946, The Belle Époque of French Furniture', Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge; p. 428, pl. 501.
Dimensions
Height 87.00 cm (34.25 inches)
Width 250.00 cm (98.43 inches)
Depth 141.00 cm (55.51 inches)
Stock Code
B66500
Medium
Giltwood, Marble
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