Rare pair of finely chiseled bronze sconces gilded with mercury.
The bouquets with three arms of lights rotate sideways, they are supported by children dressed in loincloths standing on a globe,
The plates finished with openwork palmettes.
Original gilding with double matte and shiny patinas.
Very good state of conservation.
Parisian work from the Empire period attributable to André-Antoine Ravrio. *
* André-Antoine Ravrio (1759-1814) belonged to a family of famous artists linked with cabinetmakers Van der Cruse. His cousin, the painter Henri-François Riesener, made two portraits of him today preserved in the painting department of the Louvre. Ravrio had chosen his father's profession, that of a bronze maker, and very quickly became a sought-after craftsman at the end of the Ancien Régime. Under the First Empire, he enjoyed great notoriety and became, along with other bronziers (Thomire, Galle, Feuchère), official supplier to the Imperial House. The furniture repository gave him orders for the Château de Fontainebleau and he worked for Murat, for the Bonaparte family and for foreign courts.
Our opinion :
The pair of wall lights that we present is a model of the greatest rarity.
With a very pleasant childish subject, they are characteristic of the purest Empire style fashionable in Paris in the 1810s.
The quality of the mercury gilding and its great freshness allow us to present them in the same condition as when they left the original workshop.