An important François Linke Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted marquetry bibliotheque
late 19th century
The entrelac banded galleried pediment with outset corners centering a clock with lapis lazuli face and Latin chapter ring surmounted by two putti at play with a hound, flanked by Chinese style covered urns above a frieze with bound fascae banding over three berried laurel banded glazed doors mounted at each corner by draped Nemean lions, their tails sinuously entwined about the laurel vines. The center door with a blue and white bisque plaque depicting the Muses of Music and Literature within a ribbon tied laurel frame centering marquetry panels, one depicting a zodiac banded celestial globe the other a terrestrial globe and architect's tools; the flanking doors with marquetry panels representing Pacem in Terris, the left with laid down standards, a cuirass, laurel crown and sheathed sword, the right with naval attributes of an anchor, cannon and flags. The left case side inlaid with a ribbon tied royal martial trophy, above a trophy with two crowns, a mask of drama with open book inscribed with lines 451-455, Verse II of Homer's Iliad; a third trophy suspending oak leaves and scientific instruments and a fourth panel depicting a plentiful harvest of fruits and grains. The right case side with an obverse panel of the royal martial trophy, above a panel depicting two eagles on clouds among musical instruments; a third panel depicting in obverse the trophy of suspended oak leaves and scientific instruments, the lower panel depicting fruits de mer with coral branches suspending a string of pearls among shells and water reeds. The serpentine bombe apron mounted with gilt bronze palm fronds continuing to cabriole legs headed by berried laurel and shell chutes and terminating in volute scrolled sabots, opening to mahogany shelves.
height 100in (254cm); width 108in (274cm); depth 19in (48cm)