A fine Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted marquetry table

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Lot 320W
A fine Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted marquetry table

Sold for US$ 150,250 inc. premium
A fine Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted marquetry table
François Linke
early 20th century

The rectangular top of arc-en-arbalète outline with cast border centered by a marquetry panel depicting a romantic ruin in landscape within foliate scrolls and floral spandrels, above a cushion molded frieze fitted with a single drawer decorated with foliate sprays and cased in leafy scroll encadrements centered by crab like acanthus and laurel mounts, raised on cabriole legs headed by alternate female busts trailing to scroll sabots.
height 29 3/4in (75.5cm); width 43 1/4in (1.10m); depth 25 1/2in (65cm)

Footnotes

  • ‘Ruin’ Table 1905-1938

    Records show that Linke made up to seven examples of this unusual table, Linke Archive number 1166. Using a familiar interpretation of the Louis XV arc-en-arbalète shape, he has transformed the table by adding the sumptuous marquetry top with a romantic Arcadian scene. Jenicik made the first two carcasses, on 23rd November 1903, taking 613 hours for the two. During the making of these tables this gifted cabinetmaker received a wage increase from 85 to 95 centimes an hour putting him on the same rate as the bronze fitter, Louvancour who took 242 hours 45 minutes to fit only one carcass. As was customary in most contemporary workshops, a specialist, who worked independently, cut the marquetry. In all seven recorded examples this work was by Labbé whose workshop was near to Linke at 95 Faubourg St. Antoine. A letter survives from Labbé, dated 13th February 1924 informing Linke that he has found the original patterns for the top made in 1903-05 and that the cost would be 1,130 francs, as opposed to 700 for two in 1910. Several of the later tables appear to have been in the workshops unfinished for some time and as apparently they are all identical, it would be difficult to distinguish between one made in 1905 and the last started in 1927 not finished until 1938.

    Literature: Christopher Payne, François Linke 1855-1946 The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, Woodbridge, 2003, pl. 462-464 for four detailed views of a version of this table before, during and after conservation.

    Footnote courtesy of Christopher Payne.
A fine Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted marquetry table
A fine Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted marquetry table
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