An exceptional 19th century French marquetry queen bed in excellent condition. The flame mahogany head and foot cross-banded with tulipwood, embellished with ebony and sycamore string inlays and the foot further decorated with inlaid swags of leaves and retains the original finely executed ormolu in the form of neoclassical motifs on head, foot and side rails. We attribute this bed to Linke. In excellent condition.
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Footnote: Francois Linke was a leading French ebeniste in the latter half of the 19th and well into the 20th century until his death in 1946. He is considered to be one of the greatest and most sought after cabinetmakers of his time.
Born in 1855 in Bohemia, Czech Republic, he quickly developed an interest in woodworking, taking up an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker whilst still a very young man. By 1875 he had moved to Paris where many aspiring young craftsmen were based, and where in 1877 he finished his training.
Linkes inspiration came from the old regime styles of Louis XV and Louis XVI, however he wanted to create a new style, something modern and unique that would combine Rococo and Art Nouveau styles. In doing this he partnered with the sculptor Leon Message.
With the recent completion of the Eiffel Tower attracting much attention, Linke went to great efforts to outshine fellow exhibitors at the Paris World Fair in 1900, setting out to create some of the most ambitious pieces of his time. Much of his fame came from exhibiting at international fares and he was honoured by critics at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900, where his Grand Bureau took the gold medal. The quality of his craftsmanship was unrivalled, and after the Frist World War he undertook what was possibly the largest furniture commission ever conceived at the Ras al-Tin Palace for King Faud of Egypt.
Linkes business continued to flourish and ‘La Maison Linke’ was firmly established as the leading furniture house in Paris up until the Second World War.
Wallrocks only buy antiques that are sound. We are able to do this because we buy them in original condition and it provides the significant advantage of being able to see what has and has not been done to a piece over time. It is to our customers absolute benefit that we do this. It allows us to see, whether the quality or integrity has been compromised?
Wallrocks have very strict buying criteria…
- The furniture must be antique, and if not it needs to be of an unsually high standard to justify being purchased;
- Antiques must be of a very high quality;
- Our antiques must have correct proportion;
- Importantly, they must have integrity and aesthetic appeal.
While these criteria might seem obvious, it is difficult to find furniture that satisfy all of them at once.
Restoration & Interior Design
The process of bringing the collection back to life is incredibly exciting for our clients as it respectfully rescues long forgotten beauty, and allows clients to make their own personal mark on the antiques by determining how they are to be restored, to what level and with what finishes and fabrics.
Wallrocks offer an interior decorating service for our clients to help them put together their rooms and furniture beautifully. We have a passion for incorporating fine quality antiques into both contemporary and traditional settings to create breathtaking interiors. We combine expertise with a fresh, modern design sensibility which makes us uniquely placed to help customers realise their personal creative vision.
Our focus is to assist buyers who are ready to move on from the world of mass-produced furniture to be daring enough to explore the world of antiques – the world of living art.
Whatever you’re picturing, our custom service can create it. As well as guaranteeing the quality of the finished piece, we’ll advise you if any request threatens the integrity of the item. We have a beautiful collection of fabrics, leathers, trims, colours and finishes to choose from. To discuss restoration of any specific please please contact us.
We work very closely with clients to ensure the result is what they want.
Wallrocks has over 35 years experience shipping antiques all around the world.
Be assured that we invest in the safe delivery of all our antique furniture, and track all our deliveries. It is of paramount importance to us that your purchase arrives at your home safely, and we personally pack all items ourselves prior to shipping.
Delivery Within Australia
For delivery of antique furniture to anywhere beyond a 150 kilometre radius of Brisbane CBD, Wallrocks relies on a number of reputable carriers, depending on your requirements, to ensure safe delivery. Please ask for a quote.
We have a complimentary delivery service of antique furniture within a 150 kilometre radius of Brisbane CBD. We will personally deliver it to your door to guarantee it arrives safely.
International customers can be confident that Wallrocks are experienced in shipping freight around the world by sea and air. Freight charges will be determined and quoted at the time of purchase.
Please contact us to discuss your delivery options.
Wallrocks delivery service is subject to restoration times. Our pieces are hand restored in the traditional methods and do take some time. We will always do our best to fit in with our customers’ delivery time frames and will discuss this at the time of purchase.
Are you in mid-renovation? We offer free storage of your Wallrocks purchase for a negotiated period of time with individual customers. Please contact us to find out more…
We understand buying antiques online can be of concern for some customers. For this reason, if you purchase a piece from Wallrocks and the piece that arrives is not as we have described, then we will provide a 100% refund. In 35 years of business this has never been necessary, but we provide this option as a safety-net to all our customers.
If on receipt of delivery you simply do not like the piece, then we will provide a 100% refund up to seven days after delivery. In this scenario the customer must pay the return freight on the piece.