Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Salon chair, 1828-30. Berlin. Mahogany. Presented at Gallery Ulrich Fiedler, Berlin 17.9 - 22.10.2013
If you compare you will see that design and product are perfectly one. This chair has previously been unknown and was part of a series, most likely for a Palais’ furnishing. One of Schinkel’s most mature and elaborate of his preserved chairs.
I just read a fascinating article by Oliver Thill in San Rocco about Heinrich Tessenow's redesign of Karl Friedrich Schinkel's Neue Wache building in Berlin. The photo in the middle shows Tessenow’s oculus addition and his original World War I memorial design – an enormous block of polished black granite with a gilded bronze garland of oak leaves on top and two bronze candleholders behind, on each side. Very Pantheon-like indeed.
Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Altes Museum, Berlin. 1824-28
The “Greek revival” phase of Neoclassicism was pioneered on a small scale in England, but was quickly taken up everywhere. The Altes Museum is a spectacular example. The main entrance resembles a Doric temple seen from the side, but with Ionic columns strung across a Corinthian order. The measured rhythm of the monumental facade establishes a contemplative mood appropriate to viewing the art of antiquity. To the poet Goethe, Greece remained the peek of the civilization.