REF No. 7703
A Fine Bureau Plat in the Louis XVth Taste, in the manner of François Linke
Dimensions: H: 29 in / 74 cm W: 52 in / 132.5 cm D: 29.5 in / 75 cm
Constructed in kingwood, with very fine gilt bronze mounts; rising from gilt bronze paw feet, the cabriole legs having spandrels of foliate form; supporting the body, of serpentine form, the apron housing a long central drawer, flanked by pairs of drawers, all adorned with sinuous gilt bronze mounts, and having an inset leather writing surface, house with a bronze guard band.
François Linke (1855-1946) is considered to be one of the finest ebenistes and bronziers of the 19th century. He moved from Pankratz, Bohemia where he completed his apprenticeship under the strictest of training, to Paris in 1881, setting up shop in the Place Vendome, and with his workshops in the faubourg Saint Antoine, he quickly attracted a wealthy clientele, appreciative of the excellence of his work. Specialising in the style of the ancien regime and modifying the proportions of the original works to suit the smaller Parisian apartments, he was an exhibitor at the Paris Exposition Universelles of 1878, 1889, and 1900, and at the last, a Gold Medal winner par excellence for his extraordinary Bureau du Rois.