This pair of French sconces has been carved out of Linden wood, in the Louis XVI style. The 3-armed sconces are painted in a light cream and gold, and the carvings represent musical instruments, laurel branches, and oak leaves with acorns, all hung from a crinkled ribbon. The cellos are angled to the right, overlapping the scrolled sheets of music, flutes, horns and foliation. This is known as a “musical trophy” and it became popular during the reign of Louis XVI in late 1700’s France. The origins of the “trophy” go back to Greek and Roman celebrations of military victories, where the military arms of the defeated enemy were hung from oak trees. Beginning in the 1700s, trophy motifs with such themes as music, hunting, theatre, or the seasons became very popular in France. These themes, originally intended for interior and exterior architectural decoration, eventually spread to textiles, embroidery, and marquetry.
These beautiful sconces at just over 3 feet high, with their light carvings and soft coloration, will add a classical French touch to any area needing wall lighting.
CONDITION: Very good condition with only minor wear. French electrification.