A pair of early 18th century copper sconces of important size. Each having all-over repousse decorations that are truly stunning in their execution. Included in the inventory of motifs are fruits, nuts, exotic birds, flower heads, leaves, tendrils, grape clusters, and significantly two ears of corn (maise-a recent import from the New World), and curious drapery with a hound's head, a stag's head, and a fleur-de-lis flanked by swags.
John Caspall (Fire and Light in the Home-pre 1820) comments that copper wall sconces are much rarer than their brass counterparts. When found this pair had arms and wax pans made of tin and in the "early American" style. These wonderful objects have now been expertly restored with proper copper strap arms and hammered copper wax cups. These are now fitted for electricity but can easily be made to burn candles.
Holland or the Low Countries. Circa 1675-1725. 28 inches high by 17 inches wide.