Six Wall Lights

Jean-Louis Prieur
French, Paris, about 1775
Gilt bronze


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Candles, along with firelight, were the only sources of illumination after dark in the 1700s. Wall lights such as these were usually fixed on either side of a mirror so that the reflection multiplied the flames of the candles.

These wall lights were modeled to represent flaming torches. The Getty Museum has a drawing of this design; it is thought to be by the same hand, Jean-Louis Prieur. Lights of the same design appear in a watercolor drawing of the grand salon in the Château de Chantilly, the home of the Prince de Condé on the outskirts of Paris.