A French late 19th century ormolu-mounted kingwood and vernis Martin commode "aux quatre saisons"  by Francois Linke, Paris, index number 92
Lot 183
A French late 19th century ormolu-mounted kingwood and vernis Martin commode "aux quatre saisons" by François Linke, Paris, index number 92
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Lot Details
A French late 19th century ormolu-mounted kingwood and vernis Martin commode "aux quatre saisons"
by François Linke, Paris, index number 92
the serpentine fleur de pêcher marble top, above a central door opening to a couple of shelves, the front and sides centred by a cartouche depicting figures and putti in the manner of Boucher within scrolling foliate borders with masks and trophies allegorical of the seasons, some mounts inscribed FL to the reverse, the vernis Martin panels repainted, 101cm wide, 44.5cm deep, 100cm high (39.5" wide, 17.5" deep, 39" high).

Footnotes

  • The model of the present commode, entitled "commode aux quatre saisons" in Linke's daybook, is illustrated in Christopher Payne, François Linke (see plate 406 and the cliché reproduced p.489). This commode was also made with Coromandel lacquer panels replacing the vernis Martin.
    It has been designed by Léon Messagé ans similarities can be found with mounts used by Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener but on the present commode, as explained by the author, "the overall interpretation is typical of Linke's work".

    This piece is a perfect example of the exhuberant rococo style introduced by the designer and sculptor Léon Messagé and developed by Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener and François Linke, announcing the Art Nouveau. Léon Messagé achieved his first success at the 1882 Paris Exhibition, working for Joseph Emmanuel Zwiener, notably for a pair of petites commodes decorated with vernis Martin and ormolu mounts that show similarities with the present lot, one illustrated in C.Mestdagh (p.163). A few years later, Messagé provided most of the designs to François Linke for the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900.

    Literature:
    Christopher Payne, François Linke (1855-1946), The Belle Epoque of French furniture, Woodbridge, 2003.
    Camille Mestdagh, L'ameublement d'art français (1850-1900), 2010.
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