An elegant pair of 3-light Louis XVI wall sconces shaped like a torch. The angular quill is decorated with stylized flower motifs over the center of the planes and a finial at the bottom shaped like a stylized flower bud. The shaft is crowned with a stylized pine cone on a pedestal at the top. The S-shaped branches are divided in two parts. The down running curve is fluted. The lower curve, that runs up into the candle holder is decorated with stylized leaf motifs and carries a drip tray in the shape of an opening flower. The candle holder is shaped like a rose bud.
Generally it is assumed that the production of gilt bronze wall sconces is an exclusively French affair. Although the majority is produced in France, there are other countries, like Northern Italy, that have yielded a notable outturn of attractive wall lights with its own artistic interpretation and formal idiom. Artists like Guiseppe and Luigi Valadier and Francesco and Luigi Righetti have generated an interesting body of work, of which these pair are possibly an example.
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