Magnificent French Empire style bookcase signed by the famed François Linke circa 1880.
François Linke (1855-1946)
François Linke was born in Pankraz in Bohemia and was celebrated by the French as one of the greatest ébénistes of meubles de style at the turn of the century. He began his apprenticeship with a Bohemian master at the age of thirteen. Four years later he toured Austria settling and working in Vienna for two years. By 1875 he had arrived in Paris where he seems to have been associated with Zwiener.
Linke's greatest successes were achieved during the years after 1900 and up to the beginning of World War I. He opened a showroom in the fashionable Place Vendôme and business flourished until World War II although the popularity of the ancien régime styles already started to decline. Linke died at the venerable age of 91.
Dimensions: 38"H x 50"W x 19"D
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