Pair of Wall Lights

Object Details

Title:

Pair of Wall Lights

Artist/Maker:

Pierre Gouthière (French, 1732 - 1813/1814, master 1758)
after a design by François-Joseph Bélanger (French, 1744 - 1818)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1781

Medium:

Gilt bronze

Object Number:

74.DF.5

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Several skilled craftsmen collaborated to produce these elaborate wall lights, as strict guild regulations restricted the work their members could perform. The architect François-Joseph Bélanger produced the design from which a wax model was then made. Next, a bronze caster poured the bronze into the mold, and finally a skilled bronze worker, such as Pierre Gouthière, gilded and delicately chased the surface of the wall lights.

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