This crowned and bearded mask of an old man bears an inventory number from the Palais des Tuileries. One of a pair, the wall sconce was, according to an 1833 inventory, in the pavillon de la conciergerie in the apartment of Emmanuel-Louis-Nicolas Viollet-Le-Duc, keeper of the palace and father of the famous architect Eugène Emmanuel. An elongated ornament pendent from the palmette motif between the two branches is missing. This ornament is still present on a similar wall light, one of a pair that was supplied in 1808 to the château de Fontainebleau by bronze caster and chaser Antoine-André Ravrio, who was most likely also responsible for the Museum's wall sconce. Ravrio worked for the French court before the Revolution and later for Napoleon.
Marking: Stamped with inventory number T.U. 9854 from the Palais des Tuileries
Georges Hoentschel (until 1906; sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (1906; to MMA)