Set of Four Wall Lights

Date: 1780 - 1800

The arms of these wall lights are coiled like branches of a vine grasping candles at their ends. Light from the candles reflects off the silvered glass and gilded surfaces of the delicately carved frame. English designers called this type of wall light a girandole, from the French term for branch-armed candleholders attached to a carved mirror frame. The girandole included ornaments above the candles (here, urns and a large open honeysuckle flower) and below (here, bellflowers) to maximize the candles’ reflective impact.

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Medium: Gilded wood and silvered glass

Dimensions: H: 30 x W: 11 in.

Place: London, England

Accession: 1035.1-4

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - English

Tags: Lights , Wall Sconce , Lighting , Candles

Purchased January 5, 1962 from Teina Baumstone.