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    Sale 2818

    EUROPEAN NOBLE AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

    31 March - 1 April 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 409

    A PAIR OF NORTH GERMAN ORMOLU AND CLOISSONE NEO-GOTHIC PRICKET CANDLE STICKS

    ATTRIBUTED TO CARL FRÜHLING, CIRCA 1862-1893

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF NORTH GERMAN ORMOLU AND CLOISSONE NEO-GOTHIC PRICKET CANDLE STICKS
    ATTRIBUTED TO CARL FRÜHLING, CIRCA 1862-1893
    The tapering drip-pan applied with dragons, the stem and lozenge shaped projections with cloissone panels depicting stylized flowers, the domed spreading foot with cloissone roundels and resting on winged dragon feet, the underside inscribed in paint with inventory numbers W IV Wgd/F1 Wgd 21 and F1 Wgd 22
    63 cm. high
    Together with a similar smaller pair -53 cm. high (4)


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    This model with its dragon feet is clearly inspired on early Gothic examples made in Lorraine during the second half of the 12th Century. Comparable examples can be found in Otto v. Falke and Erich Meyer, Romanische Leuchter und Gefässe giesgefässe der Gotik, Berlin 1935, ill. 18, 23, 24 and 27.

    Carl Heinrich Frühling (1807-1893) was appointed Hofbaumeister by Count Otto zu Stolberg-Wernigerode. From 1862 onwards he transformed castle Wernigerode (which originated in the 12th Century and was rebuilt into a Baroque castle during the 17th Century) into a classic example of North German Historismus.
    Both exterior and interior were converted by Frühling in the period between 1862 and 1893 into a well executed and detailed neo gothic ensemble, the present candle sticks formed part of the furnishing of castle Wernigerode.

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