André-Charles Boulle (1632-1742).
Pair of sconces with two arms of light.
Early 18th century.
Pair of sconces with foliage motif, the bols with vegetal scrolls and berries receive two sinuous arms of light.
This pair of sconces was made after a design by André-Charles Boulle. These designs, innovative for this period of time with their asymmetrical light arms, are illustrated on plate 8 of the Nouveaux dessins de meubles et ouvrages de bronze et de marqueterie invented and engraved by André Charles-Boulle published in 1725 by Pierre Mariette.
This pair of light arms reveals the birth of a new mode of lighting. Indeed the plate of light used in the seventeenth century is, at the beginning of the eighteenth century, replaced by the arm of light.
A painting by Jean-François De Troy (1679-1752) entitled La lecture de Molière, represents a wall light of a similar design and give us informations on how they were hung in 18th century interiors.
This pair of arms of light is thus a testimony of a new taste for curved shapes that began the style of the Regence period.