These wall lights could be inspired by a model by Gilles-Marie Oppenordt (1672 - 1743) from his book "Différentes Décorations d'Appartement". A similar pair from the Louis XVI period was sold in Paris on 6th June 2002, lot 153.
The illustration of the catalogue is accurate.
The gilding is rubbed and tarnished with some surface scratches.
There are minor wax traces to the drip pans.
As stated in the catalogue, one branch is broken and missing to both wall-appliques (on the left hand side for both).
One branch to the left hand side wall-applique (main image on the printed catalogue and on Internet) has been restored and is very slightly loose.
The pair of wall-appliques is not drilled for electricity.
Beautiful design and impressive scale. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."