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A PAIR OF DIRECTOIRE ORMOLU AND BRONZE TWIN-BRANCH WALL LIGHTS
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A PAIR OF DIRECTOIRE ORMOLU AND BRONZE TWIN-BRANCH WALL LIGHTS

CIRCA 1795

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A PAIR OF DIRECTOIRE ORMOLU AND BRONZE TWIN-BRANCH WALL LIGHTS
CIRCA 1795
Each with a lozenge-shaped backplate with anthemion finial and boss, centred by an elephant mask, issuing two foliate-cast scrolled branches terminating in lion heads, with engine-turned circular drip-pans and nozzles, fitted for electricity, regilt, the elephant masks possibly associated
11½ in. (29 cm.) high (2)
Provenance
Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 23 April 1998, lot 229.
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Lot Essay

The lozenge-shaped backplates, conceived in the late 18th Century Egyptian manner and formed like mirrored obelisks tipped with lotus-flowered 'Osiris' sun-discs, frame an elephant mask, such as feature on Roman marble candelabra illustrated in G.B. Piranesi's, Vasi, candelabri, cippi., Rome, 1769. Related sconces were sold anonymously, A.P. Tajan, Paris, 17 March 1975, lot 17, each featuring 'Anubis' jackal-head supports.

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