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Pair of Wall Lights
Attributed to Jean-Louis Prieur (French, active 1765 - 1785)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Candles, along with firelight, were the only sources of illumination after dark in the 1700s. Wall lights such as these were usually fixed on either side of a mirror so that the reflection multiplied the flames of the candles.
These wall lights were modeled to represent flaming torches. The Getty Museum has a drawing of this design; it is thought to be by the same hand, Jean-Louis Prieur. Lights of the same design appear in a watercolor drawing of the grand salon in the Château de Chantilly, the home of the Prince de Condé on the outskirts of Paris.