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A GERMAN WHITE-PAINTED CAST-IRON BENCH
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A GERMAN WHITE-PAINTED CAST-IRON BENCH

AFTER THE DESIGN BY KARL FRIEDRICH SCHINKEL, 19TH CENTURY

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A GERMAN WHITE-PAINTED CAST-IRON BENCH
AFTER THE DESIGN BY KARL FRIEDRICH SCHINKEL, 19TH CENTURY
The horizontal pierced splat cast with lyres flanked by winged putti and foliate scrolls, the curved arms terminating in ram's heads above X-shaped legs joined by stretchers and terminating in foliate-wrapped hoof feet
31 in. (79 cm.) high; 44¾ in. (114 cm.) wide; 19¾ in. (50 cm.) deep
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Lot Essay

This cast-iron two-seater bench by Schinkel is symbolic of the technological advances of 1800s Prussia, namely through the increased use of iron in both furniture and decorative arts during the reign of Friedrich Wilhelm III (r. 1797-1840) of Prussia.
Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841), German architect, painter, and a member of Germany's cultural golden age intelligentsia, was arguably the most important architect and designer of German 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 splat design, with its motif of lyre surrounded by scrolls and winged putti, was one of Schinkel's favoured designs for seat furniture in the 1830s (see Georg Himmelheber, Cast-iron Furniture and all other forms of iron furniture, Munich, 1996, pl. 68).

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