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$ 12,000

Two French gilt and patinated bronze sconces

Origin France
Period 1900-1919
Materials Ormolu, patinated bronze.
W. 10.63 in; H. 28.74 in; D. 9.45 in;
W. 27 cm; H. 73 cm; D. 24 cm;
Description Two French gilt and patinated bronze sconces
French, 20th Century
Height 73cm, width 27cm, depth 24cm

These two sconces are designed in the Empire style, which was popularised by the French Emperor, Napoleon I. The Empire style is characterised by its grandeur and use of opulent, classical Roman motifs. In its majesty, the style departed from the more austere and restrained ‘Directoire’ style of Neoclassicism that preceded it.  

The sconces take the form of half-length patinated bronze cherubs, who hold gilt bronze candelabra above their heads. The cherubs have been naturalistically cast, with tightly-curled hair, straight-faced expressions and idealised bodies which feature feathery wings. They wear foliate gilt bronze skirts, which terminate in leafy forms. On each candelabrum, four of the branches are cast as cornucopias, with scrolled vine-like flourishes. These branches are topped by foliate drip-pans and simple capitals, which hold candle tubes. The fifth branch of each candelabrum extends directly upwards from the cherub’s head. This conical branch terminates in a capital decorated with palmettes.
Styles / Movements Empire
Dealer Reference Number 15704
Incollect Reference Number 465278
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