The gilt-Bronze Louis XV style case features two Oriental figures, a man and a woman. Each sits upon an overstuffed tasseled pillow and has an outstretched arm reaching for a dove perched between them. The scrolling foliage is supported below by a rocaille base and above supports the clock. Surmounting the clock is a third smaller oriental figure seated holding a parasol and gazing at a flower. The base is stamped ‘LINKE’ along a polished edge.
The white porcelain dial has black Roman numerals for the hours, Arabic numbers for the five-minute marks and pierced gilt-bronze hands.
The eight-day time and strike movement has ‘GML 572’ and the Vincenti trademark stamped on the backplate, strikes on a bell and has a balance wheel escapement.
For a nearly identical clock see: Bonhams, Sale Number 20857, Lot 241.
Francois Linke was perhaps the most celebrated furniture maker of his time. Like the pieces of his contemporaries such as Beurdeley, Sormani and Dasson, Linkeâ€™s work included adaptations of important 18th century furniture. He was awarded many Exhibition gold medals and his works are keenly sought by collectors worldwide.
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