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Linke title: Petite table Louis XVI citronnier garnie et Wegdwood [sic].
Designed circa 1899, this table in solid lemonwood was a very popular Linke model with an obvious appeal to followers of English furniture of the late 18th century George III period. Linke lists nine variations of this table in his price list, misspelling Wedgwood in each case. The Linke Archive has a box of approximately 75 unused Wedgwood plaques suitable for this model. The table's variations were a large or small model, in one case without Wedgwood, or with a marble top, and with or without a work bag. The cabinetmaking cost between 65 and 75 francs, depending on the model, and the Wedgwood 50 francs. Despite the seeming rarity of the 'citronnier de Ceylan,' the wood only cost 15 francs, with Linke commenting that it was too expensive to spend 14 francs mounting the bronzes and plaques. One example was ordered by the celebrated London and Lancaster firm of Gillow in 1911. Nine examples in all appear to have been made between 1899 and 1926.
A similar table sold in these rooms, October 26, 2006, lot 20 ($14,400)
Footnote courtesy Christopher Payne
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