Cast-iron Furniture Suite
A suite of cast-iron seating furniture comprised of a settee and two armchairs, after an 1825 design produced for the Potsdam Parks in Berlin by Prussian architect, Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841), the back panels of the settee ornamented with winged cherubs and foliate motifs, the legs with hoof feet, the arms with ram’s head terminals, the seat rodded; the chairs ornamented with winged lyre motif on back panels, the seats with honeycomb pattern, Continental ca. 1860. Settee 30 ins. high, 44 ins. wide, 18.5 ins. deep; chairs 30 ins. high, 24 ins. wide, 18 ins. deep.
The architect and designer Karl Friedrich Schinkel designed a number of cast-iron seats in the neoclassical style. A simple prototype chair was first produced in 1824-26. The earliest documented and dated example of this seat was in the 1836 catalog of Prince Furstenburg’s Amelienhutte in Bachzimmern, and it was then copied by other German, Dutch and Bohemian foundries in the mid 19th century.