Jan & John Maggs

Antiques and Art

A pair of period repoussé brass candle sconces with reflectors

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An exceptional pair of octagonal candle sconces, each with two candle sockets and a round reflector. At the center of each sconce is an octagonal, convex reflector meant to diffuse the light of the pair of candles burning in front of it. This octagon is framed in two narrow gadrooned octagons which together enclose four additional elongated convex reflectors and twelve smaller ones. These latter are of two sizes, the smaller of which are dimpled (to represent apples?). Around them are several bunches of grapes and other botanic details.

Each reflector has a large heart below the center with a sun radiating light above it. More botanic images adorn the reflector. Empty spaces in both parts of the sconces are filled with punchwork. Iron tabs on the reflectors slide behind iron plates on the back.

Each sconce has a brass holder for two candles. The holder has a foot that drops into the human fist at the base of each sconce. The holder is made in seven pieces: two turned sockets, two decorative drip pans, an elegant, shaped bracket into which both sockets are screwed, the shaped foot that supports it all, and the tall turned finial that ties everything together.

The sconces are quite light, making hanging them a simple task.

Incidentally, the numbering on the two sconces is not consecutive; one is clearly numbered “19”, while the other has an indecipherable mark followed by a “4”. Imagine, if you will, a long dining hall with as many as two dozen of these sconces providing light for a meal. This pair was probably one of several that resulted from the modernization of the hall.

Included in the purchase price is one box of our 6” hand-dipped taper candles. Because the bases of the candles are slightly larger than the diameter of the sockets, we have trimmed four to fit perfectly, just as we do with the period lighting in our home. It’s easy to do, and with an example to follow, foolproof.

Sconce width: 11”; Sconce height:12” ; Reflector diameter: 7”

Probably Dutch, ca. 1700

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Inventory #26014

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