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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 4

    A GERMAN WHITE-PAINTED CAST-IRON AND OAK GARDEN BENCH

    AFTER THE DESIGN BY KARL FRIEDRICH SCHINKEL, SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GERMAN WHITE-PAINTED CAST-IRON AND OAK GARDEN BENCH
    AFTER THE DESIGN BY KARL FRIEDRICH SCHINKEL, SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The horizontal pierced splat cast with lyres flanked by winged putti and foliate scrolls, the curved arms with ram's head terminals, above a rectangular solid seat, on X-shaped legs joined by stretchers and terminating in foliate-cast hoof feet
    31½ in. (80 cm.) high; 40½ in. (103 cm.) wide; 19 in. (49 cm.) deep


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    Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841), German architect, painter, and a member of the intelligentsia of Germany's cultural golden age, was arguably the most important architect and designer of German neo-classicism. Cast-iron furniture designed by Schinkel was praised for
    its functionality and exoticism, and his designs were rapidly adapted
    in Britain and America.

    This bench's Grecian splat, fretted with Roman acanthus and Apollo's
    griffin-headed lyre fed with water poured by winged genii, was inspired by an antique fragment found on Trajan's forum, and was one of
    Schinkel's favoured designs for seat-furniture in the 1830s (G.
    Himmelheber, Cast-iron Furniture and all other forms of iron
    furniture
    , Munich, 1996, pl. 68, and E. Schmuttermeier, Cast Iron From Central Europe, 1800-1850, New York, 1994, p. 93 , fig. 7).

    A closely related bench was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 26 January 2007, lot 1195 (£10,800), and another example, sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 13 September 2007, lot 1030 (£8,750).

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