A French late 19th/early 20th century ormolu mounted rosewood and parquetry envelope card table attributed to Francois Linke, index no: 449, in the Louis XVI style

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Lot 140Y
A French late 19th/early 20th century ormolu mounted rosewood and parquetry envelope card table
attributed to Francois Linke, index no: 449, in the Louis XVI style

Sold for £ 1,875 (US$ 2,576) inc. premium

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21 May 2013, 12:30 BST

London, Knightsbridge

A French late 19th/early 20th century ormolu mounted rosewood and parquetry envelope card table
attributed to Francois Linke, index no: 449, in the Louis XVI style
with cube inlay to the top and frieze, the top enclosing a gilt tooled baize lined playing surface, above one frieze drawer, the friezes centred with ribbon tied olive leaf mounts, on berried foliate and wheatsheaf stop-fluted tapering legs headed with ribbon tied floral pendant angles, terminating in toupie feet, unextended: 83cm wide x 83cm deep x 74.5cm high, (32.5in wide x 32.5in deep x 29in high)

Footnotes

  • François Linke (1855-1946) was born in Bohemia, but moved to Paris where he established his business. From around 1881-1882 he traded independently at 170, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, also, after 1900, at 26, Place Vendôme. He made a great impact at the 1900 Exposition Universelle at which he presented vigorous reinterpretations of the Rococo style in French furniture. Linke was aided by the sculptor Léon Message, who designed sculptural mounts for him and other pieces on his stands at the major international exhibitions, and by some of the most skilled Parisian craftsmen. Linke was awarded a Gold medal and his success acquired wealthy patrons from across the world. He was admired so much in France that he was awarded with the 'Croix de la Légion d'Honneur' in 1906.

    A similar table a jeux version of the present lot, index number 449, Circa 1897, sold Sotheby's New York, "A Private Collection, Volume I", October 26, 2006, lot 224.

Saleroom notices

  • Please see below for the provenance for lots 140 and 167: Sir John Jackson (1851-1919) Thence by descent to the present owner. Sir John Jackson was born in York and trained as an engineer in Newcastle before studying the subject at Edinburgh University under Peter Guthrie Tait in whose name he set up a research fund following the latter's death in 1901. His major constructions include docks at Middlesborough and Harlepool as well as part of the Manchester ship Canal and the foundations to Tower Bridge. His foreign contracts ranged from the new naval harbour at Simonstown in South Africa to irrigation systems in the Lebanon. He received a knighthood in 1895 for his achievements and became M.P. for Devonport between 1910 and 1918. Jackson's proposals for a bridge between Calais and Dover and a second trans-Siberian railway were unfortunately curtailed by the outbreak of the first World War. It is likely that the present lot was acquired for Sir John's house in Belgrave Square.
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A French late 19th/early 20th century ormolu mounted rosewood and parquetry envelope card table attributed to Francois Linke, index no: 449, in the Louis XVI style
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