This pair of wrought iron brackets was produced in France during the 1700’s. The brackets were probably ornate “potences”, which are supports that attach to and project from a wall of a building. They could have supported lanterns, signs, or banners at one point. They were later repurposed into decorative elements by mounting them onto newer stands.
Each potence is a large open C-scroll interlaced with hand wrought ivy, leaves, and an acanthus vine. The bottom of each scroll abuts against a horizontal rail festooned with alternating motifs of pierced ovals and vertical lines. The rail terminates in large set of concentric circles with a row of alternating roundels and beads between the rings. The small ring has a floret center with a pulley attached on the back side. The pulleys could have been used to raise/lower signs or flags.
At the top of each potence is a flower encased by a circle with a washer. The new stands have a vertical support that runs through the washer. The support also runs through a folded piece of iron that is affixed to the rail at the bottom of the scroll.
Our pair of mounted 18th century brackets feature some fantastic iron work. The metal is well over 200 years old and has developed a nice worn patina which reflects the light. The decorative accessories would make for fantastic conversation pieces.
CONDITION: Good antique condition commensurate to age and use. Some small losses to flowers in areas. The iron potences are from the 1700’s, but the stands and bases are modern.