Francois Linke Cabinet for Bonhams Fine Continental Furniture And Works Of Art Sale

. June 8, 2009

An extraordinary cabinet by one of the greatest French furniture makers, Francois Linke will go under the hammer at Bonhams Fine Continental Furniture And Works Of Art Sale on 17th June and is expected to fetch £1M-£1.5M.

A version of this armoire by Linke was sold in New York in 2006 for $1,584,000.

francois-linkeLinke’s title for this magnificent armoire reads simply ‘Grande armoire a trois portes au lit 706’. Assiduous attention to detail can be seen in the finished work of Linke’s workshop, which produced some of the highest quality craftsmanship of any world-class cabinet maker earning Linke the accolade of being a leading light of the makers of French meubles de luxe in Paris during the Belle Epoque.

Only three examples of this wardrobe were ever made. Despite being conceived by Linke without the aide of the late Léon Messagé, the sculptor’s influence can clearly be seen The present lot was exhibited at the Salon du Mobilier in Paris in 1908.

Francois le Brun, Head of Bonhams Continental Furniture Department says: “For all those who appreciate the very finest French furniture created by inspired craftsmen, this cabinet by Linke must be the equivalent of the Cullinan diamond, the jewel in the crown of French cabinetry.”

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