Pair of two-light sconces after Jean-Charles Delafosse
Each wall light is composed of a central stem enhanced with two consoles ending in facing scrolls and laurel swags. They flank a circular projecting terrace, adorned with a corolla of acanthus leaves. The top of the stem is formed by a flaming urn, standing on a tripod, and a seeded finial. The two arms are decorated with acanthus leaves and festooned with two linked swags of oak leaves. Each arm ends in a circular drip-pan and a bulbous nozzle, chased with foliage, rigs and friezes of pearls.
The author of our wall lights draw direct inspiration from the oeuvre of Jean-Charles Delafosse, especially a drawing displaying a similar two-light sconce with a central stem, issuing two generous volutes. This drawing, signed J. CH. Delafosse Inv. et Del. Chereau Exc. Berthault sculp., was published in Paris in 1768 in a series of engravings entitled « Nouvelle Iconologie historique…»