Antique Silver Plated Wall Lights

Date: Circa 1900

Country: France


A stunning pair of antique wall mirrors (or girandoles) of tall shaped form, each mounted with two pairs of candle sconces. Decorated in the flamboyant rococo style, the scrolling high relief ornament has fretwork, sea foam and stalactites. Mounted at the top is a winged cherub and below the mirror is a figural plaque.

Height 65 cm. Width 34 cm. Mirror height 30 cm, width 18 cm.

Probably French.

Circa 1900. 

Literature. The Rococo style originated in France in the 1730s, its name coming from the word “rocaille”, which is the reference for the broken shell or rock motifs found on the majority of Rococo pieces. The style soon spread to other parts of Europe and came to influence the other arts, particularly sculpture, furniture, silverware and glassware, painting, music, and theatre. Rococo is a wonderfully ornate style, the most common decorations include the acanthus leaf, frilly rocaille and curved scrolls, highly stylised and often fantastical in nature. Rococo pieces are typically asymmetrical, allowing the imagination of the designer to run free.

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