Rare Francois Linke piano leads Fall Furniture and Decorative Arts Auctions at Bonhams

Bonhams announced its San Francisco-based auctions of "The Connoisseur's Eye: A Private Collection of European Furniture, Paintings and Decorative Arts" on October 28 and "Fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts," the day prior, achieved a cumulative $2.6 million. Leading "The Connoisseur's Eye" was a Louis XV style art case piano by celebrated Parisian cabinetmaker Francois Linke, circa 1907, that sold for $293,000. The piano nearly doubled its low estimate of $150,000. According to the Linke archives and "Francois Linke (1855-1946): The Belle Epoque of French Furniture" by Christopher Payne, it is one of only two examples made. Also standing out in the single-owner sale was an Italian 19th century marble figure of “Esmeralda and the Goat Djali” by Antonio Rossetti that sold for $87,500 - nearly three times its $30,000 high estimate. An

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