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Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781 - 1841)

Lot 330: A German neoclassical gilt-metal, giltwood and cut-glass eight-light chandelier, after a design by Karl Friedrich Schinkel circa 1835


April 9, 2008
New York, NY, US

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with a spray corona above a baluster twisting standard with a further spray above an eight concave-sided drop-lined corona mounted with anthemion motifs, each patera-mounted end of the corona issuing scrolling foliate candle arms, lined with drops. Wired for electricity.


measurements height 35 in.; diameter 37 in. alternate measurements 89 cm; 94 cm


Collection of Garrick Stephenson, sold, Christie's, New York, October 29, 1993, lot 196.


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. An almost identical chandelier with twenty-four lights formerlyi n teh Minister's banquet room, Christensborg, Cophenhagen 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 was 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.

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