An Important Exhibition Louis XVI Style Centre Table
An Important Exhibition Louis XVI Style Centre Table

FRANÇOIS LINKE (1855-1946)

An Important Exhibition Louis XVI Style Centre Table

c. 1910 France

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An Important Exhibition Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Centre Table After a Model by Adam Weisweiller by François Linke with a Fleur de Pêcher marble top.

Linke Index No: 114, adapted as Index No. 1301

Linke Title: Table Marie-Antoinette dessus Marbre

The model is closely related to a dressing table by Adam Weisweiler (1744-1820) supplied by him to the marchand mercier Daguerre, in 1784 for Marie-Antoinette's cabinet intérieur at the Château de Saint-Cloud.

Under Archive No. 114, this is an early Linke model, first made circa 1891 [Daybook 4, p. 161]. This table was one that Linke was keen to show, in a variant form, in his display at the 1900 Paris World Fair among his Art Nouveau and Louis XV-inspired creations in collaboration with Léon Messagé. A glass negative in the Linke Archive also shows the table as No. 1301, where it was made only once under this number with a jaspe du Mont Blanc marble. Certain bronze mounts were remodelled for No. 1301, giving it a fluted, gadrooned frieze, whereas this table has a plaque with a frolicking putti flanked by foliage. As archive No. 114, one table with a fleur de pêcher marble top was made in 1911 and two more between 1913 and 1914 with the same marble.
Payne, Christopher: ‘François Linke, 1855 - 1946, The Belle Epoque of French Furniture’, 2003; pp. 125-126, for a discussion in index number 114; and pl. 137 and 139 for the black and white illustration of index no. 114 mounted as a table vitrine with a slight variant to the stretcher.
Height 75.00 cm (29.53 inches)
Width 76.00 cm (29.92 inches)
Depth 52.00 cm (20.47 inches)
Stock Code
Mahogany, Gilt-Bronze, Marble
Signed ‘F Linke’ on right hand front leg and the reverse of the bronze cast with ‘FL’
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