Very rare “lyre” sconces pair – Louis XVI period
Pierre Gouthiere’s workshop – Parisian work, circa 1785
H. 19 in ; W. 12,5 in
This unique and stylish pair of wall consists of a barrel -shaped lyre motif very popular time of Louis XVI, probably made for a music room.
It is surmounted by a mask radiating suspended from a node by all ablaze trimmings.
Both sconces fluted curved emerge from the instrument into an elegant blooming foliage. The basins have a very fine foliage decoration and vine branches while binets offer ringed grooves. The amortization of this pair of wall consists of a fall foliage cluster.
Since the late seventeenth century lights, flares and all of the objects to produce and distribute the light, the media were true works of art for artists to unleash their imagination.
Chosen by the artist bronzier ornamental repertoire realized that the pair of sconces we present is characteristic of his reign, including the use of the lyre motif , popular from the 1780’s and a great originality. This musical instrument , an attribute of Apollo – god of the Arts, will find himself in the best productions Securities and watch the kingdom.
An identical pair at Musée Nissim de Camondo in Paris in the living room on the 1st floor (ill.)