Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Scheibler Palace, Lodz

This neo-Renaissance building was rebuilt in 1886-88 for Lodz's "Cotton King" Karl Wilhelm Scheibler .

The front elevation today.

The rear elevation before 1901.
Salviati decorated the fireplace mantle in Scheibler's office with a mosaic of a gypsy woman (or alternately called a Turkish woman).  A stand-alone, identical mosaic dated 1884 was sold in 2011 by a private collector in Connecticut for $32,500 through Christie's auction house.

The figure in the mosaic bears an uncanny resemblance to the woman in Pre-Raphaelite John William Waterhouse's 1873 painting "The Unwelcome Companion", including the tilt of her head and the shawl across her abdomen.

The building now houses the Lodz Film Museum, but a large part of the residence has also been preserved.

Bedford, Neal. Lonely Planet: Poland. 2008. 126.
Wikipedia - Scheibler
Olcsasosna on Wikimedia Commons
Polimerek on Wikimedia Commons
Wikipedia - Waterhouse

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