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Details & Cataloguing

Important Americana

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New York

Large Federal Carved and Gilt Pine Eagle-Form Two-Light Sconce, Circa 1800

Provenance

Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York.

Exhibited

New York, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, For Work & For Play, A Selection of American Neo-Classical Furniture, 2007, no. 45.

Catalogue Note

This two-armed candle sconce with an eagle relates generically to the gilded girandole convex mirrors that were one of the principal staples of the Neo-Classical period. It also relates to a variety of candle sconces with eagles, typically narrower and more vertical in format, that were first made in the years after 1800, but which then regained popularity after the centennial of 1876 and became signature elements of the Colonial Revival in America.

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.

Important Americana

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New York