Louis XVI Ormolu Bronze Sconces After Jean-Louis Prieur (1732-1795)
Our pair of antique (nineteenth century) sconces in the Louis XVI style, after the original design by Jean-Louis Prieur (1732-1795), have a baton form crafted from ebonized wood with gilt bronze mounts including two candle arms with goat heads, neoclassical masks and perched birds.
There are signs of oxidation and light pitting in spots, areas of verdigris, scratches and fading to the ebonized wooden finishes, and the candle arm mounts on one sconce are a little loose, but we should be able to tighten them. The mounts beneath the finial do not match, apparently due to prior disassembly and reassembly with one section placed upside down. We may reassemble properly prior to shipment. May be electrified. Additional images forwarded upon request.
Prieur's drawings of this design, circa 1780, are held in the library of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris. A pair of this model were acquired in 1806 and reside in the collection of Château de Fontainebleau.