An extremely rare pair of early 18th century gesso sconces retaining most of their original gilding. Each with a finely embroidered panel worked in coloured silks and wool, within a shaped foliate carved frame with oak leaf trails to the sides, with a foliate carved shaped cresting and apron, and having single brass candle arm.
Only very few sconces with needlework have survived, which make this pair very rare indeed.
Note: Candle arms of later date.
H. H. Mulliner, The Decorative Arts in England, London, 1923, fig. 61.
R. W. Symonds, English Furniture, London, 1929, p.136, fig.83.
Percy Macqoid and Ralph Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, Vol. III, revised edition London 1954, p.50, fig. 15.
Y. Hackenbroch, English and Other Needlework Tapestries and Textiles in the Irwin Untermyer Collection, London, 1955, pl.110.
L. Synge, Art of Embroidery, Woodbridge, 2001, fig. 223.
Ronald Phillips, Antique English Furniture, London, 2001,pp.77,78.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York ‘Art Treasures Exhibition’, catalogue, 1967, ill.229.
‘Art and Treasures Exhibition’, New York, 1967.
‘The Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair’, London, 1996.
Marc Haas, 1967.
Clifford Wright Antiques, London, 1996.
Private collection, USA.
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