A French late 19th century Louis XV style ormolu-mounted kingwood and satiné bureau plat by Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener, signed François Linke, Paris
Lot 242
A French late 19th century Louis XV style ormolu-mounted kingwood and satiné bureau plat
by Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener, signed François Linke, Paris
£20,000 - 30,000
US$ 32,000 - 48,000

Lot Details
A French late 19th century Louis XV style ormolu-mounted kingwood and satiné bureau plat
by Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener, signed François Linke, Paris
the shaped top inset with a light-brown leather writing surface within a gilt-surround, the frieze centred by three short drawers with scrolling foliate surrounds, the central lockplate signed F.Linke, a Paris, the reverse with similar simulated drawers, on cabriole legs, each headed by a flower-filled cornucopia, on scrolling acanthus-cast sabots, 114.5cm wide, 69.5cm deep, 77.5cm high (45in wide, 27in deep, 30.5in high).

Footnotes

  • The same model, said to be an early Linke piece produced whilst he was working at Zwiener's workshop before he acquired his own, sold Sotheby's New York, A Private Collection, Volume I, Important French Furniture and Decorations, including Signed Furniture and Items from the Linke Family Private Collection, 26 October 2006, Lot 106 ($48,000) and again in the same rooms, 30 October 2013, Lot 227 ($43,750).

    Unlike the bureau plat offered here, however, the centre drawer was inscribed in blue pencil with the numbers 636 and 89388 and with a rare monogram FL, and one of the sabot was stamped Z. By contrast, its lockplate was not signed F. LINKE a Paris. Described as an 'Important Bureau plat Paris, François linke working in the Zwiener workshops, circa 1877/8-1881', it is noted that: 'In his early days in Paris, François Linke worked for 'German masters,' assumed to be Zwiener. He even lived as a bachelor in the same street as Zwiener's workshops, the rue de la Roquette. The monogram 'FL' on the underside of the central drawer suggests that Linke had a hand in the making of this desk, which otherwise has all the hallmarks of his mentor's work. Linke habitually used a blue wax crayon to mark his furniture, either under a drawer or on the underside of a marble top. The number 89388 is probably a model, order or serial number for one of the larger Paris makers or retailers who may have commissioned the piece. It is uncommon for the individual cabinetmaker to mark his own work when working for a master such as Zwiener. Possibly it was marked for Zwiener's convenience as Linke was about to set up on his own in the nearby Faubourg St. Antoine. Another rare Linke mark, a cursive 'L,' as opposed to the monogram FL found on the present lot, is stenciled on a small table Linke made for the established Maison Krieger, lot 69 in the present sale. The three-figure number 636 at first glance appears to be an index number in a similar vein to that developed by Linke in the mid-1880s. However it is not consistent with his inventory, further suggesting that the present lot is a rare example of Linke before he became independent, rather than his repair of Zwiener's work'.

    The military trophy mounts on this small table are identical to mounts used on a larger bureau attributed to Zwiener, sold Delorme Collin du Bocage, Paris, June 14, 2006, lot 186.
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