Pair of French Rococo style gilt bronze two-light sconces. Exquisitely cast 22-karet mercury gold bronze body with a deep, warm and glowing patina. Mercury gold bronze is rare and is recognized for its finest quality and extraordinary vibrant color. Fire-gilding is an ancient process of gold mercury amalgam exposed to high heat. Intricately Louis XV style sculpted backplate in the form of scrolling leaves and berries sprouting two intricately chased acanthus leaf arms terminating in foliage bobache and flower bud capitals. If desired, for an up charge we can convert to electrified.
Rococo design dominated interiors and furniture during Louis XV’s reign in the 18th century with sensuous organic curves, assymetry and elaborate ornamentation with an aura of fantasy, luxury and elegance, while being intimate and comfortable at the same time. Art and design was influenced greatly by the king's chief mistress Madame Pompadour, a patron of the arts was behind the funding of the porcelain company Sévres. This glamorous design has a sophisticated style and adds contrasting highlights to modern and contemporary interior settings.
Place of Origin: France
Period: Late 19th Century
Dimensions: (19 in.H x 11.75 in.W x 6.75 in.D)
Condition: Excellent Antique Condition
Wear: Wear consistent with age and use.