Cyril Colnik Ironwork for Sale

I am offering three pieces by master blacksmith Cyril Colnik (1871-1958.) I am making a strong effort to sell these items.
Cyril Colnik came from Austria to America during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, known as the “Columbian Exposition.” He later set up shop in Milwaukee, and provided some of the finest homes in the state with his fine ironwork.
Colnik is regarded as one of the world’s finest master blacksmiths, and his work is on display at the “Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum” in Milwaukee. He is most widely known for his fine detail work, especially noted in his famous “Masterpiece” (below.)

Below are images of the pieces I am offering.
Note: These are exceptional pieces, of museum quality.

Colnik Piece#1

“Roe Deer Antler Chandelier”, 17″ x 60″, 12 lamps, plus three in center, iron, copper, brass, glass, and six (6) sets of trophy Roe Deer antlers (a European deer). Natural patina, wax finish.
Originally priced at $49,500.00
New Price: $30,000.00
Condition: Good. Two oak clusters missing from Roe deer skull caps. Missing pieces could be reproduced for an additional charge. Recently rewired. Glass globes not original.
Provenance: I purchased the piece from a restaunteur who had the chandelier in his restaurant. He bought the piece from Gretchen Colnik, who was Cyril’s daughter. Gretchen bought it back from a bank that was raised in Milwaukee. Three months after I purchased the chandelier, a fellow brought me a piece that belonged to this chandelier. He bought the missing piece from Gretchen in 1982.

Colnik Piece #2

“Rose Table”, 25″ x 32″, iron, pink granite top, natural patina, wax finish.
Originally priced at $7,500.00.
New Price: $5,500.00
Condition: Good. Some petals missing on buds and roses.
Provenance: The image below is from the Cyril Colnik archives at “Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum” in Milwaukee, and shows an almost identical table on the right.

Cyril Colnik Piece #3

“Plant Stand”, 17″ x 32″, iron, white marble top, black paint finish.
Price: Orinally priced at $8,500.00
New Price: $5,500.00
Condition: Good.
Provenance: This table has features identical to the “Rose Table”, i.e. the roses, leaves and buds. The other features are typical of Colnik’s workmanship.
Package Offerings
Package #1 :
Both tables for $9,500.00
Package #2:
All of the above for $38,000.00
All prices negotiable to serious inquiries.
Veiwings of the above work by appointment only
Shipping not included in prices.
Dan Nauman at (262) 626-2208. Bighorn Forge, Inc., 4190 Badger Rd., Kewaskum, WI 53040.

4 comments to “Cyril Colnik Ironwork for Sale”

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  1. Laurel - December 13, 2009 Reply

    If my eye teeth were worth $40,000….

  2. Bill Casto - October 27, 2011 Reply

    My wife inherited the Colnik talble that is identical to the two tiered one you show as the “right” example on the Villa Terrace. I don’t believe anything is missing from the decorative legs. The main and upper table tops are “thin” and have some pin holes from aging. There isn’t any rust if that happens. Do you have any idea of its value? If not, where would one go to determine a value? I believe we should have this declared on our homeowners insurance. We also have a Colnik fireplace screen. It is not ornate. If you would like to see a picture of either piece please let me know.

  3. Kris - July 29, 2020 Reply

    Who can appraise a Colnik 5′ chandelier I have? I have one, not sure what it’s worth. no shades, but amazing ironwork. It’s huge.

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