FRANCE, ÉPOQUE LOUIS XVI
PAIR OF SCONCELS "AUX BÉLIERS"
H. 44,5 cm, W. 37,5 cm
This pair of sconces in chased bronze presents a fluted asparagus barrel surmounted by a garland of flowers and a ram's head. A fire pot sits at the top and a seed punctuates the damping.
The two arms of light, bordered with oak leaves, end in a scroll. This model of sconce, a true symbol of neoclassicism in the early years of the reign of Louis XVI, was most probably inspired by the work of the bronze-maker Jean-Louis Prieur (1732-1795).
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