Produced in France, circa 1850, this pair of Louis XVI style bronze dore sconces have well-detailed neoclassical motifs. Neoclassicism was the artistic movement that drew inspiration from ancient civilizations, such as Greece, Rome, and Egypt. Under the reign of Louis XVI, neoclassic art and architecture featured symmetry, natural elements, and straight lines.
Each sconce features three bulbous capitals adorned with acanthus leaves and flowers. The capitals rise from flat saucer-shaped bobeches with gadrooned bases and acanthus edges. Beneath the bobeches, deep sloping arms with spiral fluting emanate from acanthus rinceuax.
The three arms come together at the base of large, curled acanthus curl that forms the lower torso of a winged cupid wearing a headband. The cupid is affixed to the front of a quiver of arrows embellished with undulating fluting and an acanthus/grape leaf finial at the base. The top of the quiver has geometrical shapes in between two rows of beading. A margent of fabric rises from the middle of the quiver and is topped with a finial composed of concentric circles. The fabric is tied by a crinkled ribbon with the tails flanking cupid’s wings.
Our pair of antique French Louis XVI style bronze dore sconces have been electrified for use in American homes. The neoclassical elements allow the sconces to be utilized with various type of decor styles.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use with light buildup to bronze as seen in photos. Rim to one candle cup replaced. Other rims were glued at some point for stability. Recently wired professionally for use in American houses.