A fine and rare German giltwood, gilt-lead and cut-glass eight-light chandelier circa 1820 after a design by Karl F. Schinkel. Berlin. Note 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.
Karl Friedrich Schinkel (Designer)
Height: 43 in. (109.22 cm)
Diameter: 34 in. (86.36 cm)
Style: Neoclassical (Of the Period)
Materials and Techniques: Gilt, Lead, Hand-Crafted, Crystal, Giltwood
Period: Early 19th Century
Date of Manufacture: 1820
Wear consistent with age and use. Great Gilding. Wonderful patina. Original Crystals. Was once French wired for electricity.