A pair of gilt-bronze wall-lights, possibly Russian, early 19th century
each with a backplate in the form of a lyre surmounted by griffin heads, centred by a female mask and a sunburst motif issuing two scrolled candlearms, the lower section cast with an eagle above a stylised anthemion with three further scrolled candlearms
Haut. 88 cm, larg. 36 cm, prof. 28,7 cm ; height 34 2/3 in., width 14 1/4 in., depth 11 1/2 in.
Sothebys, New York, 7 December 2005, lot 261 (sold 45 000$)
Igor Sychev, The Russian Chandeliers
P.V.R.B., 2003, p. 144, illustrates a related lyre wall light, circa 1815, in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
Also see Igor Sychev, Russian Bronze, Moscow, 2003, p. 217, where he illustrates a related wall light, stated to be French, in the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg