Gilt bronze, painted iron, soft- and hard-paste porcelain
Height (each): 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm)
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 539
The stamped inventory numbers indicate that this pair of wall lights belonged to one of the Bourbon collections in Parma in the mid-eighteenth century, but their exact provenance has not yet been determined. Each has two flowers of soft-paste porcelain; the remaining flowers, many of which appear to be later replacements, are of hard-paste porcelain. Gilt-bronze wall lights with porcelain flowers were popular in France in the mid-eighteenth century, but the inventory numbers, as well as the broad chasing on the bowknot and long pendent tasseled ribbons, suggest an Italian origin for this pair.
[Bill Rieder, 1984]
Marking: Stamped:  P 500;  RC separated by crown;  154.5 (inventory numbers of one of the Bourbon collections in Parma)
[ French and Co., New York ] ; Mrs. Joseph Heine (until 1944; sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, November 24 –25, 1944, lot 213); Jack and Belle Linsky (until 1982; to MMA)