Bearing in mind the almost certain assumption that the young Linke worked with the Zwiener Brothers when he arrived in Paris in the late 1870s and the similarity to the work of both makers it is reasonable to think that there was a crossover between the two, especially when the elder Zwiener retired in 1896 and the younger Joseph left for Berlin. It is therefore perfectly possible that Linke took over some unfinished Zwiener models and adapted them for his own clientele and would sign the finished work accordingly.
For a comparison of the present lot with similar marquetry and different gilt-bronze mounts see Sotheby's New York, October 26th 2006, lot 136
C. Payne,la Quintessence du Meuble au XIXe siècle, Paris, 2019, pp. 558, 566
Footnote courtesy of Christopher Payne
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