Rare French Neoclassical Louis XVI style gold bronze and brass sconce with iridescent shade. Intricately detailed Neoclassical bow motif backplate, sprouting scrolled mount supporting Tiffany inspired tubular iridescent gold shade with neoclassical laurel swags and bow motifs. Iridescent comes from the Latin word "iris. It is the phenomenon of a shimmering surface with a rainbow of colors that appears to gradually change with the angle of illumination.
Neoclassical design was inspired by the discovery of ancient Pompeii, returning Greco-Roman style in furniture and architecture. Louis XVI's reign began in 1774 and his queen Marie-Antoinette was a lover of the arts and had much influence over the style. This 18th century design is timeless and elegant, but understated; it will compliment an antique setting, or adds exuberant contrasting highlights to modern and contemporary interior settings.
Place of Origin: France
Period: Late 19th century
Dimensions: 13"h, 6"d
Condition: Excellent antique condition
Wear: Consistent with age