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A pair of Italian patinated-and gilt-bronze wall lights, Bolognese or Roman
second quarter 18th century
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A pair of Italian patinated-and gilt-bronze wall lights, Bolognese or Roman
second quarter 18th century
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A pair of Italian patinated-and gilt-bronze wall lights, Bolognese or Roman
second quarter 18th century
with four scrolled candlearms and stem cast with scallopshells, acanthus leaves and foliage terminating in gadrooned nozzles centred by a gadrooned tazza, the giltwood and faux bronze painted backplate in the form of a stylised scallopshell carved with lilies; formerly fitted for electricity
each 80cm. high, 54cm. wide; 2ft.7½in., 1ft.9¼in.
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Catalogue Note

Comparative Literature:
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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