Fine Louis XV style ormolu mounted kingwood bonheur du jour

early 20th century, attributed to Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener

The superstructure of bombé form with four small drawers centered by an open compartment, on serpentine rectangular stand with brass banded edge over frieze drawer fitted with coffre fort, with cornucopia mounts to corners raised on slender cabriole legs terminating in sabots, the banded edge with engraved "F. Linke" signature.

H: 40 3/4, W: 34, D: 15 1/2 in.


Property of a Main Line lady.
Estimate $15,000-20,000

Josef-Emmanuel Zwiener (b. 1848) was a German émigré who opened a workshop at 12, rue de la Roquette in Paris. Zwiener supplied furniture for Ludwig II of Bavaria; in 1895 he was recalled to Berlin to supply furniture to Kaiser Wilhelm II, leading François Linke to take over his Parisian workshop. Zwiener won a gold medal at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle and exhibited in the German Pavillion at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. A similar example of this piece with floral marquetry sold at Sotheby's, November 7th 2013, lot 396; another example was sold at Christie's, September 24th 2009, lot 42.

Sold for $45,000 (buyer's premium included)