These wall lights have their 'vase' nozzles and reeded branches wrapped by Roman foliage in the Louis Seize antique or 'arabesque' style introduced in the 1770s as feature on candelabra designed by the architect Jean-Louis Prieur (d. 1792) (H. Ottomeyer & P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, vol. I, Munich, 1986, p. 169, no. 3.4.12)
Related candelabra branches cast with foliage at their bases are often a feature associated with Benjamin Vulliamy, 'furniture man' and clock-maker to George, Prince of Wales, later King George IV. For example a pair of ormolu five-light tripod candelabra that was supplied to George IV by Vulliamy in 1814 are similarly wreathed (G. De Bellaigue, et al, Buckingham Palace, New York, 1968, p. 156-157). A single six-light candelabrum, attributed to Vulliamy was sold by the late Humphrey Whitbread, Esq., in these Rooms, 5 April 2001, lot 406 (£42,300 inc. premium). However, no pieces with twisted foliage, as on the present pair, have previously been associated with the Vulliamys. Furthermore, the leaf-wrapped branches and nozzles relate to a design of Giuseppe Valadier (d. 1839), dated 1795, and in the Tatham Collection of Drawings at the Victoria & Albert Museum (A. Gonzalez-Palacios, Il Tempio del Gusto: Roma e il regno delle due Sicilie, Milan, 1984, vol. II, p. 123, fig. 265). A pair of Italian (Rome) four-branch wall lights was offered in anonymously, in these Rooms, 14 December 2000, lot 152.