Cabinet-maker & Bronze-caster
Important covered vase
Height : 64 cm (25,2 in.) ; Width : 49 cm (19,3 in.)
Important curved shape Louis XV style covered vase with godrons, in marble, gilded and chiseled bronze. The lid is topped by a pomegranate with foliage, the body flanked with large winding handles from which emerge bulrushes and that are attached to the neckline lined with leaves and palmettes, the piedouche maintained by four acanthus clasps, and the whole resting on a square base adorned with acanthus leaves.
Probably from the collection of the Duc de Tallard that the Marquis de Marigny proposed to sell to the Crown in 1778.
Reproduced in « Les bronzes dorés français du XVIIIe siècle », Pierre Verlet, Picard, 1987, p.62
François Linke, born in 1855 in Bohemia (Czechoslovakia), worked as a cabinet-maker in Paris from about 1882 until his death in 1946. In 1900, at the apex of his career, he opened a new shop at the famous Parisian place Vendôme. He specialized in Louis XV and Louis XVI style furniture: all pieces were beautifully mounted with gilt-bronze ornaments, and he received numerous commissions. Later Linke decided to collaborate with the well-known sculptor Léon Messagé and integrated new lines and shapes announcing the “Art Nouveau” style. His great success is definitely the 1900 Universal Exhibition where he was awarded the gold medal for his extraordinary kingwood desk, designed by Messagé. At this occasion, the “Revue artistique et industrielle” commented that “Linke’s stand is the biggest show in the history of art furniture”.