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François Linke
1855 - 1946
A LOUIS XV STYLE GILT BRONZE MOUNTED KINGWOOD, SATINÉ AND BOIS DE BOUT FOLIATE MARQUETRY UPRIGHT PIANO
Paris, index number 783, made between 1900 and 1902
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 34,375 USD
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François Linke
1855 - 1946
A LOUIS XV STYLE GILT BRONZE MOUNTED KINGWOOD, SATINÉ AND BOIS DE BOUT FOLIATE MARQUETRY UPRIGHT PIANO
Paris, index number 783, made between 1900 and 1902
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 34,375 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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François Linke
1855 - 1946
A LOUIS XV STYLE GILT BRONZE MOUNTED KINGWOOD, SATINÉ AND BOIS DE BOUT FOLIATE MARQUETRY UPRIGHT PIANO
Paris, index number 783, made between 1900 and 1902
the proper right chute of the front cabriole leg signed F. Linke, the musical instrument by Erard Paris with serial number 80373.
height 48 in.; width 58 1/2 in.; depth 27 in.
122 cm; 148.5 cm; 68.5 cm
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Literature

Christopher Payne, François Linke 1855-1946 The Belle Époque of French Furniture, Antique Collectors Club, Woodbridge, 2003, pl. 536, p. 451, for a variant of index number 783

Catalogue Note

This piano, one of only two upright models known to have been made by the Linke workshops was made as number 783. However his other upright example carries the same index number despite being very different, made in the Empire style, (both illustrated: Payne, Linke, p. 451).  The Linke price list is empty for this page, although an inscription in pencil indicates that it refers to a piano.  Thus there are no details as to the movement(s) which had not yet been installed, suggesting that it was the piano maker who actually fitted the movements to the finished case. The archive holds all the cabinet maker's plans for Linke pianos and subtle differences can be traced between the two cases for number 783.  The present lot has the same complex curves to the sides and base supporting the cabriole legs as a model recorded in a cliché
(illustrated, Payne, Linke, p. 451), but with an arc-en-arbolette curve to the underside of the lid   and slightly different mounts.  Both the cliché and the present lot display marquetry work indebted to Linke's mentor Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener, although the outlining gilt-bronze mounts are less fussy on both the Linke examples. Interestingly, the Linke archive has a watercolor of an identical case in outline to the present lot but with mounts adapted from Linke's celebrated Commode Figaro, index number 553, that was exhibited at Linke's gold medal winning stand at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle.

Footnote courtesy of Christopher Payne.

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