An Important Gilt-Bronze Mounted Table Vitrine
An Important Gilt-Bronze Mounted Table Vitrine
An Important Gilt-Bronze Mounted Table Vitrine

FRANÇOIS LINKE (1855-1946)

An Important Gilt-Bronze Mounted Table Vitrine

c. 1900 to c. 1910 France

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An Important Exhibition Model Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Table Vitrine by François Linke

Linke Index No. 114

Linke Title: Table Louis XVI à cariatides bronzes

The lock plate stamped 'FL', and 'FL 680' stamped behind the figural mount. In this instance the number 680 is the Linke number stamped on the bronze master pattern and is thus indisputably an original Linke model.

This important table vitrine or 'bijouterie' table has a rectangular bevelled glass top and sides and stands on four gilt-bronze legs, each headed by a female caryatid. The legs are united by a mahogany interlaced stretcher with a central finial and are raised on tapering fluted feet.

A photograph survives in the Linke archive showing this table at the front of Linke's prize winning exhibition stand at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle.

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

Linke was to make three variations of this table, the present bijouterie model with its distinctive bevelled glass top and sides, which was shown at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, (see Payne, pp. 122 & 125, pls. 137 & 139); one with a fleur de Pêcher marble top which can be seen in an engraving of Linke's Place Vendôme Showrooms in 1903 (see Payne pp. 160 & 161, pls. 171 & 172), and a third version modelled with an alternately fluted and foliate frieze, Linke index no. 1301 (see Payne p. 502).
Payne, Christopher, François Linke, (1855 - 1946), The Belle Époque of French Furniture, Antique Collectors' Club, (Woodbridge), 2003, pp. 122-125, 160-161, 502; pl. 137, 139, 171, 172.

Meyer, Jonathan. Great Exhibitions - London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collectors' Club, (Woodbridge), 2006, pp. 298 - 300.

Ledoux - Lebard, Denise, Les Ébénistes du XIXe Siècle, Editions de L'Amateur (Paris); 1984 pp. 439-43.

'Revue Artistique & Industrielle', (Paris), July-August 1900.

Coral Thomsen, D. (ed), The Paris Exhibition 1900, The Art Journal, 1901 p.341
Height 74.00 cm (29.13 inches)
Width 78.00 cm (30.71 inches)
Depth 55.00 cm (21.65 inches)
Stock Code
Mahogany, Gilt-Bronze
The lock plate stamped 'FL', and 'FL 680' stamped behind the figural mount
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