Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Rock Crystal Chandelier from the so-called 'White Peller's House' [weiße Pellershaus] in Nuremberg

Artist and architect:
Johann Georg Puschner (German, Nürnberg 1680–1749 Nürnberg)
Date:
ca. 1700–1720
Medium:
Etching and engraving
Dimensions:
Plate: 24 5/16 × 20 1/2 in. (61.7 × 52 cm)
Classifications:
Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
Charles Z. Offin Fund, 2013
Accession Number:
2013.230
Not on view
Design for a rock crystal chandelier, produced in Italy (Milan). According to the inscription, added both in German and Latin, the chandelier supports 36 candles and is 9 1/2 Rhinish feet high while its circumference measures 21 Rhinish feet. The chandelier hung in the house chapel of the Peller family in Nuremberg. It was originally commisioned in Italy (ca. 1694) as a gift for the princely house of Thurn and Taxis. The merchant family Peller acted as an intermediate in this commission and when no agreement was reached over the final price of the chandelier they kept it in their house. Eventually they sold it to the Prussian King who had it restored and hung in the 'Rittersaal' in Berlin.
Inscription: From left to right and top to bottom: 'Abbildung / eines aus Berg Krystall / geschlieffenen / und in Italien verfertigten / Leuchters / welches mit 36 Liechtern / beleuchtet wird, dessen ho- / heg 9 1/2 Rheinl Schuhe / der Umkreis aber / 21 der gleiche Schuhe / betraget'; ' DELINEATIO / CANDELABRI / EX / CRYSTALLO MONTANO / in Italia confecti et 36 / Candelis instructi / cujus Altitudo est 9 1/2 ejusq: / Circumferentia 21 Pedum / Rhinlandicorum'; 'Joh: Georg Puschner del: et sculps:
Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Living in Style: Five Centuries of Interior Design from the Collection of Drawings and Prints," June 17, 2013–September 9, 2013.

Guilmard 1880, p. 461; SKB 1939, nr. 1143
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