Pair E.F. Caldwell Green Patinated Metal and Porcelain Sconces
Our pair of antique cast bronze sconces in the neoclassical style from Edward F. Caldwell have urn form standards with swags and acanthus motifs and covered in green patina (simulating verdigris), gilt bronze candle arms, holders and drip pans decorated with faceted crystal pendants, and porcelain flower heads in violet, yellow and pink. There are old sockets and remnants of old wiring. Each measures 15.5" tall, 9.75" wide and 3.75" deep. We may add new wiring for an additional cost.
See our image here of the model from the digital Caldwell archives at the Smithsonian.
Condition of each is good. There are scratches and losses to the green patina, chip losses to the flowers and a couple missing flower heads, plus a few missing crystals, and slight bends to the candle arms.
Caldwell is widely considered to be the most important and influential designers and producers of fine lighting in the late 19th and early 20th century in the U.S. They collaborated with many renowned architects such as McKim, Mead and White, Carrère and Hastings, Horace Trumbauer, and Cass Gilbert. Their customers included Henry Clay Frick, John Jacob Astor, J. Pierpont Morgan, Frederick W. Vanderbilt, and Henry Morrison Flagler. Public commissions included the chandeliers in the East Room ballroom and the State Dining Room of the White House, fixtures for the Boston Public Library, and elegant chandeliers and wall sconces for Radio City Music Hall, among many others. At their height, the firm employed over 1,000 craftsmen in their main location on fifteenth street in New York City.