This example is larger and more complex than most, featuring, above, an eagle, wings spread, resting on a fluted bracket, and, below, a fluted urn, acanthus leaves, festoons of drapery and tassles, and two candlearms with drip pans and gilt-bronze candle cups and bobeches.
Convex mirrors and candle sconces of this type were made both in England and in the United States, and it is often difficult to distinguish between them. Occasionally wood analysis can be a deciding factor. Indeed, in the case of the present sconce, J.Thomas Quirk of Quirk Consulting Service, Madison, Wisconsin, has determined that all of the woods are Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus), which would presumably establish the origin of the sconce in the United States.
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