A Vitrine By François Linke Francois Linke

Dimensions: H: 59 in / 149 cm  |  W: 26.5 in / 67 cm  |  D: 15 in / 38 cm


A Sèvres Jasperware-Mounted Kingwood Vitrine
By François Linke, registre 38

Of rectangular form, constructed in kingwood, with gilt bronze mounts, in the Louis XVI Transitional style, rising from scroll & acanthus cast sabots, with gently swept cabriole legs capped with floriate espagnolettes. The glass & mirrored shelved interior having the original velvet lining; above, the frieze set with a Sèvres jaspwerware bacchanalian plaque and flanked by ormolu female herms and ribbon swags. The central Sèvres roundel below depicting Venus and Cupid within a gilt bronze ribbon & acanthus cartouche. The lock movement bearing the maker's stamp.
French, circa 1890


This is a very early model by Linke made in various complexities by him from the early 1880's. The intricate instructions and pencil drawing, in Linke's own hand, is illustrated in in the Christopher Payne seminal book on the cabinetmaker.


Payne, Christopher. François Linke, 1855-1946: The Belle Epoque of French Furniture. Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club, 2003 (illus. p. 473).

François Linke

François Linke (1855-1946) is considered to be one of the finest ébénistes and bronziers of the 19th century at a time when the worldwide influence of French fashion was at its height. He moved from Pankraz, Bohemia where he undertook his apprenticeship under the strictest of training, to Paris in 1875, setting up shop in 1881 in the faubourg Saint Antoine and later with a showroom in the Place Vendôme. Over the next two decades his work attracted a wealthy international clientele, appreciative of the excellence of his work.Specialising in the style of the ancien regime and modifying the proportions of the eighteenth century to suit the smaller Parisian apartments, he was an exhibitor at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900, where he was a Gold Medal winner par excellence for his extraordinary and innovative display. His worldwide reputation as a master of high individualism and inventiveness earned him the highest distinction of France, the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur.


Born in Pankraz, Bohemia, Francois Linke (1855-1946) is considered to be the finest exponent of Parisian cabinet making of ‘Le Belle Epoque’. Drawing inspiration from the finest cabinet makers of the 18th Century, his association with the sculptor Leon Message resulted in highly original designs, with the emphasis on practicality and work of the very highest quality. To this end he succeeded, surpassing the efforts of the brilliant work of the Dasson, Zweiner, Sormani at the 1900 Paris Universelle Exposition, receiving the highest accolades, and prizes. His company became world renowned, and orders came from Europe, America, and Africa; he sold over a thousand items to the King of Egypt. Throughout the reign of the company, Linke’s attention to detail was remarkable; one of the tests he employed in his quality control, was to take a cigarette paper, and if it would slide between a door for example, and the frame, the piece was rejected as below par.

REF No. 9204

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