Enrico Colle, Angela Griseri, Roberto Valeriani, Bronzi Decorativi in Italia, Milan, 2001, pp. 158-159.
The very fine casting on these magnificent bronze and gilt-bronze wall lights is reminiscent of a rood-screen illustrated by Colle, op. cit, pp. 158-159, no. 53, by Giovan Francesco Fontana and Francesco Tibaldi, after designs by Alfonso Torreggiani, circa 1749, in the Basilica di San Petronio, Cappella Aldrovandi, Bologna. The quality of the casting and treatment of the scallopshells and acanthus and contrast of the dark colour of the bronze and gilt-bronze is conceived in a similar vein. The presence of lilies is possibly significant, as they symbolise purity and the Virgin Mary and the scallopshell was a symbol often worn by pilgrims.
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