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Pair of Wall Lights
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Wall lights and chandeliers were the main sources of illumination at night in elegant interiors. Elaborate fixtures such as these would have hung in a small room on either side of a mirror so that the flames of the candles were reflected in the mirror glass, thereby increasing the amount of light.
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