Learn about Prenzel, Robert

Robert Prenzel was born in Elling in Prussia in 1866 He began his career as a wood carver at the age of 14 years under Ge Bauer, from the Munich School of Art.

He worked there for four years six days a week and ten hours a day. There he studied the art of design, group placing and massing effects for light and shade. Following this, he spent four years touring Europe carving his way through many countries. He contacted the Society of Carvers in each city and produced articles mainly for church decoration such as pulpits, screens and altars.

In 1888 Robert Prenzel visited Melbourne to view the Centennial International. Exhibition and remained here to establish himself as a cabinet maker and wood carver. Prenzel commenced his work in Australia with carvings in his highly elaborate and individual version of the German Renaissance and Rococo Revival styles - working on such major projects as the carving of the ceiling and walls of the west wing of St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne.

Prenzel also travelled to the Western District of Victoria on several occasions, and would carve elaborate staircases from Blackwood. more...

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Robert Prenzel (1866-1941): Two carved timber portrait panels of an Aboriginal man and a woman, signed and date lower right 1918, 62 x 56 cm

Robert Prenzel (1866-1941) an important blackwood settle, dated 1903, the high back with and corbels at each end, above three panels, each finely carved in the Gothic Renaissance style, the outside left and right panels carved with Gryphons and inscribed '

Robert Prenzel (1866-1941). A rare carved Madonna figure, incised Robert Prenzel, Blackrock Vic.,1932, 168 cm high

Rudolf Prenzel, Carved Australian timber kookaburra 1957, incised TO ELMA FROM RUDOLPH 1957, 26.5 cm high

Robert Prenzel, (1866-1941) A rare relief carved panel depicting four kookaburras perched on a leafy eucalyptus branch signed R.Prenzel / 1926, 57.5 x 105 cm. Provenance: the collection of the Late Theodore Fink (1855-1942); thence by family descent

Robert Prenzel, (1866-1941) A rare relief carved panel depicting a koala perched on a leafy eucalyptus branch signed R. Prenzel / South Yarra VIC / 1925, 68 x 44.5 cm. Provenance: The collection of the late Theodore Fink (1855-1942); thence by family desce

School of Robert Prenzel occasional table carved with griffins, Australian blackwood circa 1915. 48 cm high, 92 cm wide, 35 cm deep

Robert Prenzel (1866-1941) Mountain Ash fire screen, circa 1910, central panel depicting two kookaburras perched on gum nut branch, carved with a waratah motif, framing the two top edges, 87 x 76 cm

Australian Art Nouveau carved blackwood pedestal from the workshop of Robert Prenzel. Height 117 cm, width 33 cm, depth 33 cm

Robert Prenzel, Carved timber panel of gumnuts, blossoms & leaves. Label verso 'Australian Federation carving. Formerly beloned to Misses McDonald'. Early 20th century. 27.5 cm x 56 cm

Robert Prenzel (1866-1941), a blackwood settle, circa 1904-1909 the rectangular back inscribed with the Latin motto Pax Huic Domui - Peace be to this house - above a gryphon frieze, stylised scroll arms and a hinged seat, the front and sides carved with wa

A rare carved oak occasional table by Robert Prenzel and Johann Treede, Australian, late 19th/early 20th century, signed ‘Treede & Prenzel, Sturt St., S.M, Europ. labor’. 72 cm high

Heavily carved blackwood overmantle mirror in Prenzel style

An Australian carved cedar book rack, circa 1915, in the manner of Robert Prenzel, the ends carved with Kookaburras perched on a branch with gum leaves and nuts, 47 cm wide

Robert Prenzel (1866-1941) A rare carved long case clock, circa 1910 Reputedly part of the original Furnishings of Glenormiston, Western District, Victoria the movement stamped F. Ziegeler, Melbourne decorated in the Arts & Crafts style, with a beaten and

A carved and panelled blackwood door panel in the manner of Robert Prenzel (1866-1941), rectangular, with a central cartouche finely carved with gum nuts and Eucalyptus leaves, above a further two solid panelled compartments, 165 x 63.5 cm.

Robert Prenzel (1866-1941) an important carved blackwood Faunal panel inscribed monogram real photo, dated 1892, rectangular, carved in high relief with a swallow, a gheko and a griffin, amongst swirling flourishes and foliate sprigs on a stippled ground,

A Prenzel style oak artist's stained easel, with scroll carved crest, below a carved Griffins and mask head. 200 cm high, 187 cm wide 60 cm deep.

Robert Prenzel (attributed) A picture frame carved with acorns and oak leaves, surmounted by a gryphon with a portrait of Frederic John Clendinnen 59 x 37 cm

Robert Prenzel (attributed) A carved oak frame, the body in the form of a shield with a central aperture for an image surmounted by a boldly carved griffin figure, 52 cm high.

An early 20th century carved cedar tray, in the manner of Robert Prenzel of rectangular form, carved with gum leaves and gum nuts, with brass and wood handles 66 cm wide, 38 cm deep

An Australian blackwood three panel screen by Robert Prenzel and Johann Treede, circa 1890, circa 1905, unsigned, the three fold screen carved as individual panels of alternating heights, each displaying foliate flourishes in high relief to the top and wit

A collection of Articles related to Archbishop Harrington Clare Lees (1870-1929) ¹ Archbishop of Melbourne 1921 - 1929. 1: a fine Robert Prenzel carving of a kookaburra on a tree stump. Small scuff to beak otherwise fine example. 26.5 cm. Marked to base wi

Robert Prenzel (1866-1941) A rare relief carved panel depicting kangaroos, signed and dated 1930, the rectangular panel with later applied paint and lacquer showing a kangaroo standing in the foreground beneath a tree, another kangaroo in the back ground,

Robert Prenzel (1866-1941) an important blackwood settle, dated 1903, the high back with an egg and dart bordered cornice and corbels at each end, above three panels, each finely carved in the Gothic Renaissance style, the outside left and right panels car

Robert Prenzel (1866-1941) A pair of specimen cabinets, the rectangular top above eight graduated drawers with drop ring handles, plinth base, makers stamp verso, 90 x 93 x 60 cm

A pair of blackwood hallchairs, in the Viennese Seccesionist manner, attributed to Robert Prenzel, each with a slender carved and upholstered back and seat, flanked by open arms, raised on turned legs

An Australian blackwood cabinet attributed to Robert Prenzel, the rectangular top above two doors each applied with carved gum nut and leaf spandrels opening to two shelves and three slides the inner doors and back stamped Looksan pertaining to travel to a

Robert Prenzel (1866 - 1941) Victoria dated 1916 cedar panel carved with the image of a kookaburra on a eucalyptus branch with gum nuts and gum leaves incised signature and date lower right 38 x 22 cm.

Robert Prenzel (1866 - 1941) Victoria dated 1919 a rare finely carved eucalypt faunal panel showing a koala perched in a gum tree amongst leafy branches and gum nuts within a rectangular frame inscribed signature and date the panel 43 x 31 cm.

Robert Prenzel, (1866 - 1941) the Janet lady Clarke chair the stylized Art Nouveau Australian chair, carved 'In Memory of Janet lady Clarke the first President', surmounted by a domed cover relief carved ' for God & country ' surmounted by a shield with th

An early 20th century Australian Colonial oval carved blackwood wall mirror. Possibly Prenzel

Robert Prenzel (1866-1941) cedar panel kookaburra carving on eucalypt branch with Gumnuts, incised signature and date lower right (1916). German born, arrived in Melbourne 1888.

A set of four Australian colonial early 20th century blackwood columns hand carved with gum nut decoration, possibly Prenzel.

Book: 'Robert Prenzel 1886-1941, His Life and Work,' by Terence Lane, Published by National of Victoria, 1994.

A fine Robert Prenzel carved panel of two kookaburras on a eucalypt branch, dated 1923, the kookaburras perched on a branch with gum nuts, flowering blooms and leaves

Prenzel, Robert (1866-1941) (Pair) Aboriginal Man, and Woman with Pipe, dated 1937 and 1936 respectively, carved wood relief 60 x 51 cm (each)

Robert Prenzel carved timber portrait panel of an Aboriginal woman wearing a red headscarf, with a carved signature, dated 1922 and a silky oak frame

A carved oak screen school of Robert Prenzel, comprising two hinged panels of graduated size, carved in the gothic renaissance taste with gryphons on a stippled ground, 106 x 82 cm