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Pair Antique French Brass Régence Style Wall Sconces, France circa 1850

The reflective quality of the brass is the defining characteristic of this pair of antique French candle sconces from France circa 1850. Before the advent of gas and then electric lighting the main challenge of living comfortably at night was how to provide illumination. The large expanse of these antique sconces as well as the slightly convex shape that bows outward and the subtle hammered surface of the brass were all chosen to maximize the area that could reflect a lit candle. Notice how the removable candle arm is set away from the sconce to allow the candle flame to be picked up by the brass. Being removable the drip arm was easy to clean when a candle burned down. The series of curved scrolls and slight shield shape of the overall sconce reveal its design origin as being from the late seventeenth to early eighteenth century. Please also see the label on the reverse of the sconce denoting these sconces as belonging to Lord and lady Harris from their home in southwest England.
# MCB20

DIMENSIONS

12.00" w x 5.00" d x 18.00" h

30.48cm w x 12.70cm d x 45.72cm h

$1,988.00
The reflective quality of the brass is the defining characteristic of this pair of antique French sconces circa 1850. Before the advent of gas and then electric lighting the main challenge of living comfortably at night was how to provide illumination. The large expanse of these antique sconces as well as the slightly convex shape that bows outward and the subtle hammered surface of the brass were all chosen to maximize the area that could reflect a lit candle. Notice how the removable candle arm is set away from the sconce to allow the candle flame to be picked up by the brass. Being removable the drip arm was easy to clean when a candle burned down. The series of curved scrolls and slight shield shape of the overall sconce reveal its design origin as being from the late seventeenth to early eighteenth century. Please also see the label on the reverse of the sconce denoting these sconces as belonging to Lord and lady Harris from their home in southwest England.