This is the only pair of red wall lights known to exist. 
The French term verre églomisé describes a technique of applying paint and gilding to the reverse side of glass to form a decorative panel with a mirror-like surface.
The technique’s origins go back to Roman times, when reliquaries were embellished in such ways. It was brought back into fashion in the early 18th century in France and was subsequently used throughout Europe.
In England it became fashionable around the first quarter of the 18th century, when these wall lights were produced. Its popularity receded in the later part of the century until it was revived in the early 19th century.
Early examples of verre églomisé can be found on mirrors at Penshurst Place, Kent, England, and Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, England.
Note: One cresting and one apron glass are cracked. The brass candle arms are of a later date. The ornate brass candle arm sockets are original.
 


  • Provenance

    Mallett & Son Ltd., London, England.
    Private collection of Francis Egerton and Peter Maitland, England.


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