A Rare Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Empire Revival Salon Suite by François Linke.
French, Circa 1910.
Stamped to the reverse of the bronze mounts ‘FL’.
The salon suite comprises a mahogany canape a set of four mahogany side chairs with gilt-bronze crossed arrow splats and a mahogany stool.
The original tacking underneath the chairs stencilled 'LINKE PARIS'.
The canapé has a pale green silk with gold thread, rectangular upholstered back and seat with gilt-bronze mounted tapering square section legs to the front and sabre legs to the rear, terminating in lion paw feet.
The stool has a rectangular upholstered top in pale green silk and gold thread above four tapering square section legs united by an x-shaped stretcher.
François Linke (1855 - 1946) was the most important Parisian cabinet maker of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and possibly the most sought after cabinet maker of his period.
He was born in 1855 in the small village of Pankraz, in what is now the Czech Republic. Records show that Linke served an apprenticeship with the master cabinetmaker Neumann, then in 1875 at the age of 20 he arrived in Paris where he lived until he died in 1946.
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