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.
Another 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. Another with twenty-four lights from the Minister's Banquet Room at Christensborg in Copenhagen was sold, Christie's, New York, March 27, 1997, lot 191. A third, eight-light chandelier, formerly in the collection of the late Garrick Stephenson was sold, Christie's, New York, October 29, 1993, lot 196. 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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