Carl Leistler


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(b Vienna, 19 June 1805; d Kalksburg, nr Vienna, 25 Sept 1857). Austrian furniture-maker. In 1828 he took over the family furniture-making business, which had been established in 1795 by his father, Matthias Leistler (1769-1836), and in 1842 founded a parquet and furniture factory in Gumpendorf, Vienna. From 1843 until 1846 Leistler worked with Michael Thonet on the decoration of the 18th-century state rooms of the Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna. The elaborate wall-decorations, parquet floors and furniture (in situ) were designed in the fashionable Rococo Revival style. In the 1850s Leistler continued to work in the service of John II, Prince of Liechtenstein, on the Gothic Revival furnishings (in situ) of the Bohemian castle of Lednice (Ger. Eisgrub), Czech Republic. At the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, Leistler showed a monumental, Gothic Revival bookcase (London, V&A), with carvings by the Vienna sculptor Anton Dominik Fernkorn (1813-78); it was given by Francis Joseph I to Queen Victoria. After Leistler's death, the business continued under the name Gebrüder Leistler. At the International Exhibition of 1862 in London the firm displayed a prayer stool designed by the Vienna architect Carl Lösner (1804-69). The firm subsequently concentrated exclusively on the production of parquet and remained active until c. 1910.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

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