A PAIR OF RED-PAINTED AND GILT TOLE AND BRASS TWO-BRANCH WALL-LIGHTS

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A PAIR OF RED-PAINTED AND GILT TOLE AND BRASS TWO-BRANCH WALL-LIGHTS

Each with square tapering pilaster-shaped back-plate decorated with various foliate motifs and cornucopiae, surmounted by a military trophy of a plumed and foliate-decorated Greek helmet and foliate-decorated sword, issuing two bowed branches terminating in cylindrical foliate-decorated light supports with shaped and domed bosses and with simulated oil-lamps, surmounted by adjustable circular shades with swagged and foliate decoration, inscribed to the inside in black ink 6861 FRESS
24½in. (62cm.) high (2)

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This hermed or Cupid's quiver wall-bracket, capped by a martial trophy of sword and helmet and embellished with cornucopiae, emblematic of Peace and Plenty, is fitted with a pair of inverted reservoir oil- lamps. Its form and decoration relates to one surmounted by a bust of Mars in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and a catalogue design by Deharme for a similar bracket with hermed bust in the Egyptian manner (N. De Reyniès, Le Mobilier Domestique, Paris, 1987, vol. II, p. 731, figs. 2711 and 2712).
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