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This view of Prince Karl of Prussia's study in the Ordnugs-Palais reflects the Mooresque style in the patterned carpet, drapery and cushioned banquettes reflected in the large mirror at the right. The walls are lined in a textile patterned on a Gothic Revival motif. The focal point of the room is a large Schinkel-designed galleried desk inset with panels of amber-colored molded glass; a top shelf displays a collection of vases, bottles and other treasures. On the left, two marble plinths holding potted plants possibly serve as a room divider. A copy or version of Cristofano Allori's Judith with the Head of Holofernes, in a frame designed by Schinkel, hangs on the wall at the left rear.

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  • Title: The Study of Prince Karl of Prussia
  • Creator: Eduard Gaertner
  • Date Created: 1848
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor over graphite
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Feilchenfeldt, Zurich; Ernst Jurgen Otto, Celle (Lugt 873b)
  • Exhibitions: New York - CHNDM, House Proud: Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection, August 12, 2008-January 25, 2009.New York - The Pierpont Morgan Library. From Romanticism to Realism: German Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1998.New York - Frick Museum. An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections, 1992.
  • Dimensions: Frame H x W x D: 39.7 x 50.2 x 2.5 cm (15 5/8 x 19 3/4 x 1 in.)Sheet: 17.7 x 22.2 cm (6 15/16 x 8 3/4 in.)
  • Bibliography: Gail S. Davidson et al., House Proud, Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection (New York: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 2008), 62, fig. 51; 108, pl. 40.Charlotte Gere, An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections (New York: The Frick Collection, 1992), 70-71 (illus.).Berlin, Berlin Museum, Berliner Innenraume der Vergangenheit, 1970, no. 17 (illus.).Berlin, Berlin Museum, Eduard Gaertner, Architekturmaler im Berlin, 1968, no. 65 (illus.).

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