Pair of Wall Lights

Object Details

Title:

Pair of Wall Lights

Artist/Maker(s):

André-Charles Boulle (French, 1642 - 1732, master before 1666)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1715 - 1720

Medium:

Gilt bronze

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Each of these two gilt bronze, two-branched wall lights is the mirror image of the other. The two twisting arms each end in leafy drip pan, with candle sockets of differing designs, a common feature of wall lights at this time.

The wall lights are not marked with a maker's name, but the lower portion closely follows a design by André-Charles Boulle that was published around 1720. The printed design records that the wall lights were intended for a room with a low ceiling. Wall lights were usually attached to mirror frames so that the mirror's reflections would increase the effect of the candlelight.

Related Works
Exhibitions
Paris: Life & Luxury (April 26, 2011 to January 2, 2012)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, September 18, 2011 to January 2, 2012, (Cat. 28)
Bibliography

Sassoon, Adrian, and Gillian Wilson. Decorative Arts: A Handbook of the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 58, no. 128.

Ronfort, Jean-Nérée. "André-Charles Boulle: die Bronzearbeiten und seine Werkstatt im Louvre." In Vergoldete Bronzen: Die Bronzearbeiten des Spätbarock und Klassizismus. Hans Ottomeyer and Peter Pröschel, eds. (Munich, 1986), vol. 2, pp. 495, 519 (note 229).

Bremer-David, Charissa et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), p. 101, no. 163.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), pp. 82-83, no. 164.

Wilson, Gillian, et al. French Furniture and Gilt Bronzes: Baroque and Régence, Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008) pp. 300-09, no. 35.