Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841) was the principal architect to the Prussian court in the early 19th century and supplied a number of chandeliers comparable to the present example to Prinz August (see E. Bartke, Karl Friedrich Schinkel. 1781-1841, 1982, fig. 290) and Prinz Karl (see J. Sievers, Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Lebenswerk, Die Moebel, 1950, fig. 237-238). A closely related chandelier is reproduced in Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Catalogue of Castles, Gardens and Cultura, Properties in Prussia, 1981, p. 314, fig. 274, fig. 1, while a virtually identical chandelier from the collection of Garrick C. Stephenson was sold Christie's New York, 29 October 1993, lot 196. A further almost identical was sold in the Ariane Dandois Sale, Sotheby's New York, 24-25 October 2007, lot 252A. Each of these examples had identical moulded bands with anthemia and curved candle branches and all are attributed to this celebrated architect and designer.