Sconce 006

Very fine and exceptionally rare Louis XVI two color ormoulu and silver appliques.  Each sconce is surmounted by an eagle with spread wings that is perched on a plain burnished ormoulu oval and holding a ribbon in his beak connected to a composition of silver laurel leaves, ribbons and lily-of-the-valley stems. Two “C”-form acanthus shrouded arms terminate in pineapple supports for the candleholders. A ribbon, with tassels, hangs below and binds a musical trophy with a silver drumhead and songbook. The original hooked brackets on the rear of the sconces suggest they were inserted into a slot for hanging, possibly on a mirror. [One candleholder is replaced.]


Height (ins.): 14.5(37cm)      Depth (ins.): 7.5(19cm)
Origin: French 18th century     Period: Louis XVI