Pair of two-light wall brackets


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521

Gilt bronze was extensively used for different types of lighting ranging from standing candlesticks and candelabra to hanging chandeliers and lanterns. Wall lights, bras de lumière in French, were often placed on either side of mirrors to reflect the candlelight. The chasing and gilding of this pair is exceptionally fine. Sprays of roses, lilacs and anemones decorate the branches while the central stem consists of a cluster of poppies, a symbol of sleep, indicating that the pair may have been intended for a bedchamber.

Pair of two-light wall brackets, Gilt bronze, French

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