An Important Louis XV Style Bureau Plat
An Important Louis XV Style Bureau Plat
An Important Louis XV Style Bureau Plat

FRANÇOIS LINKE (1855-1946)

An Important Louis XV Style Bureau Plat

c. 1880 France

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An Important Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Parquetry Inlaid Bureau Plat by François Linke, After a Model by Jean François Oeben.

This exceptional bureau plat has a gilt-bronze banded, tooled leather top, above four short and one long drawer, each finely inlaid with diamond-shaped cube parquetry. The corners of each leg are enriched with fine gilt-bronze foliate mounts and terminate in gilt-bronze sabots.

The bureau plat is based on the famous model made by Jean François Oeben c.1755 now in the collection of the Louvre, Paris. Described in the inventory made after Oeben’s death as a Plaqué a dés, it was used for many years by the governors of the Hôtel des Invalides before being transferred to the Louvre in 1907. [Louvre Inv. No. OA 6112]

Originally from the Rhineland, Jean-Francois Oeben (1721-63), emigrated to Paris in the late 1740’s. From 1750-1754 he worked as an independent artisan in Charles-Joseph Boulle's workshop and rented a mezzanine at the Louvre. In 1754, the year of Boulle’s death, Oeben was granted the title of ébéniste du roi and moved to the Gobelins.

His clientele included the Garde-Meuble Royal, the duc D'Aumont, Madame de Pompadour and and the Ministers Choiseul and D'Argenson. He was particularly renowned for his mechanical furniture and in 1760 was granted the title of ebeniste mecanicien du roi. His most famous work was an extraordinary mechanical roll-top desk the Bureau de Roi created for Louis XV and now at Versailles. After his death, his workshop was run by his widow who married his most accomplished apprentice, Jean-Henri Riesener.

A comparative model by Linke, identical save for the cube parquetry is recorded in the Linke archives as Index No.5056 and entitiled: bureau Louis XVI transition du Musee du Louvre.
Alcouffe, Daniel, et al (1993), 'Furniture Collections in the Louvre', Dijon; Vol. 1, p. 183, for an illustration of the 18th century model, circa 1755 by Jean-Francois Oeben.
Payne, Christopher (2003), 'François Linke, 1855 - 1946, The Belle Époque of French Furniture', Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge; p.506 for an illustration of the black and white cliché of index No. 5056.
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.
Ledoux-Lebard Denise, ‘Les Ébénistes du XIX Siècle', pps 439-43.
'Revue Artistique & Industrielle', July-August 1900.
'The Paris Exhibition 1900', ed. D. Coral Thomsen (1901), Art,Journal; p.341.
Dimensions
Height 82.00 cm (32.28 inches)
Width 188.00 cm (74.02 inches)
Depth 96.00 cm (37.80 inches)
Stock Code
B70199
Medium
Parquetry, Gilt-Bronze
Signed/Inscribed
The lock plate stamped, ‘CT Linke/Serrurerie/Paris’.
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