Stone work, Berlin, c. 183, probably from the workshop of the Cantian family, bronzes from the workshop of Werner & Mieth. Vase in Medici form, the granite erratic boulder from a glacial deposit of the Rauen mountains in the Kurmark, foot designed as a stylised palm tree. H. 32 cm, Dm 24 cm (corresponds to 12 to 9 inches - in Prussia 1 foot = 31.40 cm = 12 inches, 1 inch = 2.616 cm). The Cantian family's best-known stoneworker was the builder Christian Gottlieb Cantian (1794-1866), who ran his father's workshop from 1826 after the premature death of his brother. His best-known works include the granite bowl in front of the Museum am Lustgarten from 1834 (s. cat. Schinkel, Berlin (GDR) 1982, 79-80:150), the granite fence in the Royal Collection from 1827 or the granite bowl at the Stibadium in Berlin from 1840. After studying at the Berlin Bauakademie from 1810-1813, he was described as an 'architect' from 1814, as a 'building conductor' from 1818 and finally as a 'master builder' from 1822. From 1826 onwards, the firm regularly took part in the Academy exhibitions (1826-1838, 1842, 1846, 1848), mostly with vases and bowls made of granite, often with bronze ornamentation. The decoration on this vase originates from the workshop of Werner & Mieth or of this firm, which was known as Werner + Neffen from 1819 onwards, as evidenced by an almost identical mounting on a flow glass vase dated by F.C. Möller around 1815. (F.C. Möller, 18 Objects around 1800, o.O., o.J. (Hamburg, c. 2016), p. 69, Fig. 33k).
Height: 32.0 cm | 12.6 in.
Diameter: 23.5 cm | 9.25 in.
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