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A FRENCH GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED BUREAU DE DAME, BY FRANCOIS LINKE, CIRCA 1900

A FRENCH GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED BUREAU DE DAME, BY FRANCOIS LINKE, CIRCA 1900

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A FRENCH GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED BUREAU DE DAME, BY FRANCOIS LINKE, CIRCA 1900


veneered with kingwood and bois satiné, the interior with two drawers in kingwood and tulipwood veneer and a gilt tooled leather writing surface, on cabriole legs with gilt-bronze chutes terminating on sabots, signed 'Linke'

92cm. high, 60cm. wide, 42.5cm. deep; 3ft.¼in., 1ft. 11⅝in., 1ft. 4¾in.


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In overall very good conserved condition. Minor old marks and scratches consistent with age and use. Slight movement to veneer at the back and top, which seem to be stable - barely noticeable. Ready to place.


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The present bureau de dame, presumably referred to by François Linke and his workshop as index number 1650, embodies some of the hallmarks of Linke's oeuvre: the natural beauty of exotic woods alongside luxuriously chiselled gilt-bronze mounts. The smart design of this lot possibly points to the assistance of the sculptor Léon Messagé who provided Linke with original sketches for furniture pieces and gilt-bronze mounts. Here, the disposition of the veneers creates interesting visual effects and the gilt-bronze mounts enjoy a dual function, both as a subtle framing tool and a key element within the overall design. The central rocaille mount on the fall-front door appears to have been used for other Linke furniture pieces, for example on the front of a commode index no. 620 (C. Payne, François Linke, 1855-1946 - The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, Woodbridge, 2003, p. 417).


An almost identical example was sold at Christie's London, 19th Century Furniture, 19 March 2009, lot 49.