Two antique French gilt and patinated bronze sconces
Two antique French gilt and patinated bronze sconces
Two antique French gilt and patinated bronze sconces
Two antique French gilt and patinated bronze sconces
Two antique French gilt and patinated bronze sconces
Two antique French gilt and patinated bronze sconces
Two antique French gilt and patinated bronze sconces
Two antique French gilt and patinated bronze sconces

Two antique French gilt and patinated bronze sconces

1900 to 1950 France

Offered by Mayfair Gallery Ltd.

£9,500 gbp
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These two sconces have been crafted 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.
Dimensions
Height 73.00 cm (28.74 inches)
Width 27.00 cm (10.63 inches)
Depth 24.00 cm (9.45 inches)
Stock Code
15704
Medium
Patinated and gilt bronze
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