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Pair of Vintage French Art Moderne Period Gilt Bronze Double Arm Sconces, France circa 1940

A pair of striking vintage French Art Moderne bronze doré double arm sconces from France circa 1940. This pair of gilded bronze sconces combine the imagery of "ancien regime" France with the modern aesthetic sweeping through twentieth century design. The bearded ram head with its prominent horns was a popular motif in seventeenth and early eighteenth century French design and was seen in tapestries, fabrics, paintings and sculpture. Its symmetrical naturalistic balance was artistically pleasing and its connection to Greek and Roman classical tradition was intellectually significant. The two candle arms on each sconce appear to spring magically from the ram's head and possess an organic form from the plant world as the arms look like stems and the broad leaves with their serrated edges possess a tropical flavour. Each round bobeche below the candle cup has a symmetrical profile with the incised decoration appearing on the top instead of the underside. Notice that the large leaves also have their decoration visible from above. The significance of this is that when these were designed and created electric light was common and the upper side of everything could be easily seen. During the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries almost all light came primarily from fireplaces or candles and was generated from a low level. Once electricity became easily available illumination became top down and decorating the upper surface assumed far greater importance. The beautiful textured surface of these sconces reflect light in a sculptural manner and may be used with candles or more effectively be electrified and wired into the wall. Because of their modern origin, they are well suited for a contemporary interior. When used in a more traditional setting they will provide a unique reference to twentieth century design. The sconces have been mounted on a custom painted timber back for ease of hanging enabling them to be used with candles or wired for electricity.

# EFG50

DIMENSIONS

13.50" w x 6.00" d x 7.00" h

34.29cm w x 15.24cm d x 17.78cm h

$5,462.00

A pair of striking Art Moderne bronze dore double arm sconces from France c. 1940. This pair of sconces combine the imagery of "ancien regime" France with the modern aesthetic sweeping through twentieth century design. The bearded ram head with its prominent horns was a popular motif in seventeenth and early eighteenth century French design and was seen in tapestries, fabrics, paintings and sculpture. Its symmetrical naturalistic balance was artistically pleasing and its connection to Greek and Roman classical tradition was intellectually significant. The two candle arms on each sconce appear to spring magically from the ram's head and possess an organic form from the plant world as the arms look like stems and the broad leaves with their serrated edges possess a tropical flavour. Each round bobeche below the candle cup has a symmetrical profile with the incised decoration appearing on the top instead of the underside. Notice that the large leaves also have their decoration visible from above. The significance of this is that when these were designed and created electric light was common and the upper side of everything could be easily seen. During the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries almost all light came primarily from fireplaces or candles and was generated from a low level. Once electricity became easily available illumination became top down and decorating the upper surface assumed far greater importance. The beautiful textured surface of these sconces reflect light in a sculptural manner and may be used with candles or more effectively be electrified and wired into the wall. Because of their modern origin, they are well suited for a contemporary interior. But when used in a more traditional setting they will provide a unique reference to twentieth century design.