Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Amaranth, Satinwood and Sycamore Side Cabinet
Attributed to Francois Linke, circa 1900
The fleur de peche rectangular marble top of break front outline with rounded corners, above a conforming case enclosing three frieze drawers decorated with scrolling bacchic vines, over two parquetry inlaid hinged cupboard doors with floral garlands centering an oval plaque depicting an allegorical figure of a sacrifice to Love, flanked by freestanding columnar uprights supported by infants, raised on toupie feet. Height 35 1/2 inches, width 53 1/2 inches, depth 22 inches.
See Christopher Payne's Francois Linke 1855-1946 The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, p. 211, pl. 230, for a related side cabinet made by Linke, which he adapted from a side cabinet made by Martin Carlin in 1785 for Madame Victoire, decorated with Japanese lacquer and parquetry, which is now in the Musee du Louvre.
There are two secretaires a abattant by Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806) in the collection of furniture in the Wallace Collection at Hertford House that are each mounted with a bronze oval medallion that appears to be identical to the medallion on the present side cabinet. See F.J.B. Watson, Wallace Collection Catalogues: Furniture, 1956, pl. 88 and 89 for illustrations
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Additional Notes & Condition Report
some of the more obvious condition issues include: repair to the marble top, including a break to the front facing right ovolo corner; areas of infilling; and typical scuffing;
vertical splitting occuring on the front side to the cross banding in the area that divides the two flanking short drawers and the cabinet doors below them; evidence of splitting to the veneer on the proper right side of the case; some fading to the veneer on both sides, but more so on the proper left side as well as some minor discoloration;
stress crack to the front portion of the bottom of the case (has been professionally treated)
uniform wear to the gilding on the mounts; all of the mounts appear to be present and matching; apparently, some original screws that secure the mounts have been replaced;
there are three locking keys, however, one of the original keys is missing;
regarding lables or markings on the cabinet case and/or mounts, according to the treatment report, there are a "series of 1, 2, 3, and 4's on portions of the case, the doors, the drawers, and the mounts using Roman numerals; the case is stamped II which would indicate that it is number two of two cases produced either total or as a pair. As of July 9, 2009, we found no labels from a maker but the locks on the drawers had this stamped on the back plate only viewable with the lock disassembled: DUVIVIER PAR_ S 77 Ru. ST. ANTOINE"
there is also a paper label affixed to the underside of the marble top: Lincoln Safe Deposit Co. (Fire Proof Storage Warehouse) 60-72 East 42nd St. & 45-55 East 41st St., New York (with a stamped inventory no.: 38387
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