27 May 1999
A PAIR OF NORTH EUROPEAN GILT-LEAD WALL-LANTERNS
Probably Early 18th Century
Of tapering rectangular form, with side and front glazed panels surmounted by a baroque scroll and foliate cartouche cresting flanked by urn finials above a door, on pine-cone feet centered by a scalloped and tassel finial, fitted for electricity, the backplate and glazing replaced
18in. (45.6cm.) high, 9in. (24cm.) wide (2)
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A gilt lead lantern of very similar form and decoration, from the collection of Baron Smeth van Alphen in the Hague, Netherlands, is illustrated C. de Jonge, Hollndische Mbel und Raumkunst von 1650-1780, Stuttgart, 1922, p. 231.
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