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Pair of sconces

Isaac Liger (British, active 1704; died 1730)
British, London
Silver gilt
Overall (.218, confirmed): 9 1/8 x 5 5/8 x 7 1/8 in., 23 oz. 14 dwt. (23.2 x 14.3 x 18.1 cm, 0.7375kg); Overall (.219, confirmed): 10 x 5 5/8 x 6 3/4 in., 24 oz. (25.4 x 14.3 x 17.1 cm, 0.747kg)
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
68.141.218, .219
Not on view
The fluid and whimsical satyrs’ masks chased on the backplate of these sconces are the work of a gifted master, most likely one trained abroad. Sconces were often made in large sets to light the private rooms of a great house—in this case, perhaps the bedroom.
Inscription: Scratched on .218: 24=9

Scratched on .219: 23=18

Marking: [1] LI (maker's mark for Isaac Liger);
[2] Britannia (English quality mark for sterling);
[3] mark under nut;
[4] London date letter for 1709.

location of marks:
[1]–[4] .218 on underside
[1], [2] .219 on underside
Private Collection (until 1964; sale, Sotheby's, London, February 20, 1964, no. 16) ; [ S. J. Phillips Ltd. , until February 20, 1964; sold to Irwin Untermyer ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1964–68; to MMA)
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