Curiosities

Wendt & Kühn has been making hand-crafted treasures for more than
100 years. Always staying true to the grand design legacy and the artistic and creative work left to us by the founders of the company, Grete Wendt and Grete Kühn, and the designer Olly Wendt.

In the coming years we intend to select with great care, and at regular intervals, a number of genuine treasures – we have called them curiosities – from Wendt & Kühn’s great treasure trove of designs, which we will produce exclusively to order, one by one. These pieces require a very high degree of craftsmanship from the skilled craftsmen and women at our workshops.

In the very best light

Candelabras

Treasures such as these intricate candelabras demand a very high degree of craftsmanship from the skilled craftsmen and women in our workshops. The production of these exceptional one-off pieces starts in the wood turning shop. Here, the individual components are given their shape. Four pieces of lime wood are turned and assembled to form a column sixty centimeters high.

Next, the round and oval beads are threaded with care onto the arms, which at this point are still straight. The fourteen hand-turned wooden bells are attached at this stage of production, using hooks and eyelets. Finally the arms of the candelabra are given their characteristic curved shape and are attached to the center column. To complete this impressive composition, it is artistically painted and decorated in bold colors. Every one unique.

450/Srot
Candelabra, standing, red

450/Sgrün
Candelabra, standing, green

450/Hgrün
Candelabra, hanging, green

450/Hrot
Candelabra, hanging, red

The standing version of the candelabra is 42 x 61 centimetres high. Each candelabra comes with a set of corresponding glass candle wax catchers and candles.


Not available in the USA.

The hanging version of the candelabra is 42 x 58 centimetres high. To secure the hanging candelabra we supply you with a one-metre-long, gold-coloured chain. Each candelabra also comes with a set of corresponding glass candle wax catchers and candles.

Not available in the USA.

Our grand design legacy

Hanging and standing candelabras were first made in the Grünhainichen workshops in the 1920s. In an addendum to the first company catalogue in 1925/26, they already featured as an established part of the collection. At that time, a similar decorative piece adorned the living room of a young Grete Wendt. A literal translation of the German for these candelabras is “Spider Candelabra”. This refers to thin curved arms that resemble the legs of a spider.