Splendid courtly chandelier probably designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel - Berlin, around 1835




Christian Eduard Franke-Landwers Christoph Freiherr von Seckendorff


Berlin, around 1835

Metal casting, wood and wooden bronze, 12 arms mounted, with its original gilding as well as the original crystal glass curtain.

The chandelier was probably made by the Berlin manufactory of Carl August Mencke, that had a large percentage of interiors made by Schinkel.

Mencke worked for the royal porcelain manufactory before he got patented a method for producing a bronze-like wooden mass.

With the so-called wood-bronze, imaginative decorations for wall lamps and chandeliers could be produced and Mencke’s firm soon supplied royal castles and palais in Potsdam and Berlin.

A comparable chandelier, also from Schinkel, is in the living room of the “garlic house” in Berlin (the present foundation city museum Berlin).

Provenience, preserved within the family by inheritance: Friedrich Ludwig of Mecklenburg (1821-1844, renowned son of grand duke Friedrich Franz I. of Mecklenburg 1756-1837), married with Bertha of Mecklenburg, born Hünerbein (born in 1850). 

Height 120 cm, diameter 120 cm.

Klappenbach/Hartmann/Kropmanns, “Kronleuchter des 17. Bis 20. Jahrhunderts“. Regensburg 2019, page 188-189 and 195-200, image 113.



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