A Louis XV style gilt bronze and Chinoiserie lacquer mounted ebonized bureau plat <BR />late 19th/early 20th century
Lot 1231W
A Louis XV style gilt bronze and Chinoiserie lacquer mounted ebonized bureau plat
attributed to François Linke
late 19th/early 20th century
Sold for US$ 43,750 inc. premium
Lot Details
Property of the Dalseme Family Trust, Southern California
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)

Footnotes

  • François Linke (1855-1946) was one of the most celebrated cabinetmakers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was born in Austria, but moved to Paris where he established his business circa 1881-1882. His reputation was made at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900 where, in collaboration with sculptor Léon Messagé, he created a sensation by incorporating elements of the Art Nouveau style then in vogue with traditional eighteenth-century furniture forms. Linke was awarded a gold medal, and his success enabled him to acquire wealthy patrons from across the world. He was so greatly admired in France that he was awarded the "Croix de la Légion d'Honneur," France's highest honor for civilians, in 1906.

    The present desk is directly inspired by a model by Jacques-Philippe Carel (maître 1723, active 1724-50) from circa 1730, formerly in the Bensimon collection (illustrated in Alexandre Pradere, French Furniture Makers, 1989, p. 140, ill. no. 107). However, certain bronze mounts are creations of André -Charles Boulle (1642-1732) For example, the side mounts are direct copies of the "laughing head of Democritus" mount created by Boulle, and seen on a bureau plat in the J. Paul Getty Museum (85.DA.23), and the armorial keyhole escutcheon on the central front drawer, also used by Carel, is present on a bureau plat attributed to the workshop of Boulle fils (Getty Museum, 55.DA.3).

    Literature:
    Gillian Wilson, French Furniture and Gilt Bronzes, Baroque and Régence, Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection, 2008, pp. 138 and 157
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