Dutch Candle Sconce
This brass wall sconce has a flat reflecting backplate, shaped and pierced, with punched decoration. The oval pan is raised from sheet brass and has a rolled rim; it is connected to the backplate with rolled rivets. The candle socket is cast, of cotton-reel form and pierced with a round lateral aperture to facilitate the removal of the candle stub.
Gentle and Feild illustrate a pair of similar sconces; these are dated a little later and have the more typical 18th century Dutch tulip- shaped candle holder.
- Rupert Gentle & Rachael Feild, Domestic Metalwork 1640 -1820, 2nd edition revised by Belinda Gentle, Antique Collectors’ Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk ,1994, ISBN1851491872, p.201, fig. 12