French early 20th century Louis XV Rocaille style ormolu-mounted veneer inlaid Grand Display Stand after the model by François Linke
Ref#ST-1712-B | Description
A splendid French early 20th century Louis XV Rocaille style ormolu-mounted veneer inlaid grand Royal Vitrine Stand after the model by François Linke, Paris;
Surmounted with a moulded marble top above a concave section ornamented with a fascinating acanthus C scrollworks and blossoming acanthus leaves medallion, all above tapering sides with three convex molded glazed panels framed with sensational ormolu foliate fillet; each corner is exceptionally adorned with impressive richly chased foliate chutes mounts with scrolling C acanthus leaves, shells and crossing bands in a striking satin and burnished finish elongated with fine leafy trims to the legs and connected with suspending festooned foliate shell mounts, with one door houses two glass shelves having velvet tufted upholstered back and ormolu foliate keyhole escutcheon;
The magnificent piece stands on tapering splayed legs and terminating in wrap around scrolled acanthus sabots. The curved bottom contour with foliate ormolu filet and mounted with richly chiseled foliate and waterfalls ormolu mounts.
H:153 x W:54 x D:46cm
Louis XV Style | Rocaille Style | François Linke
Francois Linke (1855-1946) was arguably the leading Parisian cabinetmaker of the Belle Epoque the glittering age of fashionable French society, whose influence was felt throughout the world.
Determined to outshine the competition at the Exhibition, Linke had set about creating the most ambitious pieces he could envisage, and more extravagant than had ever been displayed before. The items he exhibited marked a transition from the historicist interpretation of Louis XV and Louis XVI styles, an interpretation that was the mainstay of his nearest rivals, to something startlingly new and vital in its immediacy. Together with Leon Message he developed a new style for the 1900 Exhibition that paid homage to the Louis XV rococo in the fluidity of its approach, but an approach fused with the lively flowing lines of the contemporary and progressive 'art nouveau'.
This risky endeavour was a resounding success, and with his reputation established, La Maison Linke became the pre-eminent furniture house until outset of the Second World War. The technical brilliance of his work and the artistic change that it represented was never to be repeated. His showrooms expanded into prestigious premises in Paris, in the Place Vendome as well as the Faubourg St. Antoine where his workshop had been established. He embarked on many important commissions in the years up to the outbreak of the First World War, making and designing furniture for leading international industrialists and bankers.
After the 1914-1918 World War, Linke undertook the extraordinary commission to furnish the Ras al-Tin Palace in Alexandria for King Fuad of Egypt, possibly the largest single furniture commission ever conceived, eclipsing even Versailles. Linke flourished and remained active until the middle years of the 1930s and died in 1946.