Excellent pair of French early 19th century Empire wall lights or sconces each depicting the figure of a putto or cupid: the winged cupid figures are clad in a loincloth stand in a classical contrapposto opposing each other on a globe with a stylised foliage vignette decoration. Each cupid is holding a quiver-shaped central stem issuing three s-shaped candle arms with nozzles and foliage decoration. Rare pair of wall lights or sconces in the manner of the important French bronzier Claude-Francois Rabiat (1756-1815) displaying excellent chiseling and gilding.
The pair of appliques consist of holes of a former electrification at the back of the candle arms, a re-electrification can easily be done.
Literature: Ottomeyer/Pröschel: Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich 1986, 2 vol., vol I, p. 356, fig. 5.10.3
Condition: very good, min. traces consistent of age and use, gilding partially refreshed – detailed condition report on request