A Louis XV style gilt bronze and Chinoiserie lacquer mounted ebonized bureau plat
attributed to François Linke
late 19th/early 20th century
The rectangular top with a black gilt-tooled leather writing surface, each angle with a bearded mask clasp, above three frieze drawers inset with lacquer landscape panels centered by a bombé cartouche with rosettes in a trellis pattern, the back with similar simulated drawers, the sides with similar panels centered by Bacchus masks, on cabriole legs headed with bustes de femmes and terminating in paw feet sabots, lock plate stamped to reverse Ct LINKE / PARIS within an oval.
height 30 1/2in (77.5cm); greatest width 65in (165cm); depth 34 1/2in (87.5cm)