Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841)was the principal architect to the Prussian court and supplied a number of chandeliers comparable to the offered example including chandeliers supplied for the Prinz August Palais (see E. Bartke, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, 1781-1841, 1982, fig. 290) and the Prinz Karl Palais (see J. Sievers, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Lebenswerk, Die Möbel, 1950, figs. 237-238). A closely comparable chandelier is reproduced, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Catalogue of Castles, Gardens and Cultural Properties in Prussia, 1981, p. 314, fig. 274, fig. 1. A Virtually identical chandelier from the collection of Garrick C. Stephenson was sold Christie's New York, October 29, 1993, lot 196. An almost identical chandelier with twenty-four lights formerly in the Minister's banquet room, Chritienborg, Copenhagen was sold Christie's New York, March 27, 1977, lot 191. A comparable twelve-light chandelier with identical molded borders fitted with anthemia and with identical curved candle branches was sold Sotheby's New York, May 23, 2003, lot 242. Another sold in the Ariane Dandois Sale, Sotheby's New York, 24-25 October, 2007, lot 252A. Each of these examples had identical molded bands with anthemia and curved candle branches and all are attributed to this celebrated architect and designer. Most recently, a comparable example was sold Sotheby's New York, 30 October, 2008, lot 298.