A GERMAN NEOCLASSICAL GILT BRONZE, CUT GLASS AND OPALINE 18 LIGHT CHANDELIER, ATTRIBUTED TO WERNER & MIETH
BERLIN, LATE 18TH CENTURY
H: 52 Dia: 34 inches
H: 132.1 Dia: 86.4 cm
The parasol shaped corona issuing six feather sprays hung with crystals, the central cascade joined to a pierced hexagonal concave frieze fitted with classical female masks each issuing three candle branches with urn-form candleholders alternating with feather sprays hung with suspended tassels, terminating with a white opaline bowl clasped by a pierced band. Can be readily electrified.
One of the finest makers of chandeliers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Werner & Mieth was established in Berlin before 1792 and had representives in Copenhagen, Hamburg and Leipzig. This graceful chandelier includes elements typical of Werner & Mieth's output like the feather sprays and suspended tassels. The pierced star-shaped drip pan and the Greek scroll frieze of the upper tier are also typical elements of Berlin makers. Similar chandeliers by Werner & Mieth are illustrated by Kathe Klappenbach, Kronleuchter, Berlin, 2001.