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Antique pair Art Nouveau wall lights sconces, lily flower, gilt bronze, 1890`s ca, French
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Antique pair Art Nouveau wall lights sconces, lily flower, gilt bronze, 1890`s ca, French

Code: 11329

Price: £590 / $749 / €690 / ¥5,334 for the pair

Height: 28cm (11.0")     Width: 9cm (3.5")
Depth: 15cm (5.9")
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Antique pair Art Nouveau wall lights sconces, lily flower foliate decoration in gilt bronze, 1890`s ca, French.

These antique wall lights have been gently cleaned while respecting the aged patina. They are newly rewired & earthed, PAT tested by an electrician and ready to install. Each has the following new components: E14 porcelain & brass lamp holders. Lightbulbs included. These lights can be used with a dimmer. It is possible to use these sconces in other countries although it may be necessary to purchase different light bulbs suitable to local electricity.

Presented here is a pair of antique sconces probably made in France around 1890. They are in keeping with the Art Nouveau style flourishing in Paris at the time. They have several distinctive design features: the use of floral and vegetal designs, sinuous curving lines such as the  whiplash line, and asymmetry. The manufacturer`s stamp mark " C R " is still visible at the back of one of them.

Symbolically in Art & History, lilies represent purity of heart and soul, spirituality, divinity, new beginnings, the cyclical nature of life, beauty, elegance & love.

These sculptural wall lights have small proportions which is well suited next to the mantelpiece, a mirror, hallway, for the bedside, above a sideboard, chest of drawers, in a cloakroom, by the front door or even placed sweetly as decorations on any wall. With the warm tones, texture & delicate presence, they would suit a range of interiors such as Antique, Traditional, Country, Hollywood Regency, or Contemporary.

They are quality cast in gilt bronze with great attention to detail & heavy weight.

The design consist of a long stem formed by foliate leading to a flower, all with great sinuous movement & whiplash lines. 

Frontally there is a foliate portion decorated with ribbons flush to the wall. At the back there is an horizontal bracket to fit the sconce to the wall, plus a hole in the bottom portion of the frame. A decorative brass round nut covers the earth.

A continuous motif raises from this base as the tubular stem with 3 leaves leading to the lampholder, which is located at the centre of the 5 petal lily flower.

Great movement and slight diversity of shape on both frames as both sconces were individually cast.

New porcelain & brass lampholders have been fitted to keep the original antique character & look. Each sconce carries 1 standard small screw light bulb (E14) up to 40 Watts. At present they are fitted & photographed with Pygmy Clear shaped light bulbs of 15 Watts. These are included in the price. Any other E 14 lightbulb shape such as Candle or Golf could be used for a different look.

These antique sconces are in very good condition for their age. The frames are sound with no damages or missing parts. The antique patina developed over the years has been preserved on the bronze surfaces, with some rubbing to the gilt & tiny marks in line with age & use, as expected for an antique piece.

Packing is offered free of charge. We take special professional care with packing. For safe transport the sconces will be wrapped separately in bubble wrap, foam and an outer layer of card. Together these pieces would easily fit into a box with loose fill packing suitable for posting with a courier. We ship with reliable couriers (signed for, tracked & insured).


Within London (UK): Free
UK Mainland: Free
European Union: 70
United States/Canada: 70
Japan: 85
Australia 85
Rest of the World please enquire.


The Art Nouveau Movement of architecture and design had first appeared in Brussels, in houses completed in 1893 by  Victor Horta and Henry van de Velde, flourishing in Paris from about 1890 to 1914. It reached its high point at the 1900 Paris International Exposition, with the Art Nouveau metro stations designed by Hector Guimard. It was characterized by a rejection of historicism and traditional architectural forms, and a flamboyant use of floral and vegetal designs, sinuous curving lines such as the whiplash line, and asymmetry. It was most prominent in architecture, appearing in numerous types of buildings, and in the Decorative Arts, particularly glassware, furniture, lighting and jewellery. It spread quickly to other countries, but lost favor after 1910 and came to an end with the First World War.

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