A Very Fine Pair of Louis XV Style Vitrines
A Very Fine Pair of Louis XV Style Vitrines

FRANÇOIS LINKE (1855-1946)

A Very Fine Pair of Louis XV Style Vitrines

1890 France

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A Very Fine Pair of Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Kingwood Vitrines by François Linke.

This rare pair of vitrines is embellished with exceptionally fine gilt-bronze mounts. The mounts extend over the glazed areas of the vitrine, which was a particular speciality of Linke and extremely difficult to execute. Many of his most important exhibition designs incorporate this feature, the best known being Linke’s chef-d’oeuvre, the astounding Grande Bibliothèque much praised at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle.

Another notable feature of Linke’s work is his use of a concave scallop shell or coquille. Delicate tendrils of acanthus hold the shell implying the shape of a crab quietly moving on to the glass surface.
Payne, Christopher (2003), François Linke, 1855 - 1946, The Belle Époque of French Furniture, Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge.

Meyer, Jonathan (2006), Great Exhibitions, Antique Collectors club, Woodbridge; p. 298 - 300.
Height 166.00 cm (65.35 inches)
Width 83.00 cm (32.68 inches)
Depth 40.00 cm (15.75 inches)
Stock Code
Kingwood, Gilt-Bronze
The lock plates stamped 'CT Linke'; The gilt-bronze mounts stamped 'FL' to the reverse; One vitrine signed 'F. Linke' on the front right mount.
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