"Francois Linke Pedestal Table (attributed)"Superb pedestal table attributed to François LINKE (1855-1946), in mahogany veneer and satin veneer capped with a purple "Fleur de Pecher" marble. Surrounded by a bronze gallery, 4 curved legs terminated by gilded bronze hooves in the shape of deer. "François LINKE (1855-1946) was undoubtedly the most important Parisian cabinetmaker of his time. First an apprentice in his hometown of Pankraz in Bohemia, Linke arrived in Paris in 1875 and founded his own workshop in 1881 at 170 rue Faubourg Saint-Antoine. Around 1900, he headed a real business of ninety workers. If François Linke had, at his beginnings, a private clientele (Mr. Worms, Mr. Rolin) and sometimes even renowned like Mr Anatole Beaumetz, brother-in-law of the Minister for the Arts, he had to work for many years in the shadow of renowned cabinetmaking houses, which is why most of his "youthful" works were not only not signed "" In 1900, his reputation as one of the great masters of high quality furniture was established. However, it was his participation in the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1900 that marked the peak of his reputation. In a decor of furnished rooms , Linke exhibited a set of extraordinary pieces res including a Grand Bureau which won him the gold medal. His talent and creativity remaining unmatched: the Exhibition crowned its success and strengthened the financial stability of his business. "