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) (28)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, September 18, 2011 to January 2, 2012