Dutch Candle Sconce

Material: Brass
Dimensions: Height: 21.6cm / 8 ½in, Width: 20.4cm / 8in
Place of Origin: Holland
Date: Circa 1700
Maker or Retailer: Unknown
Present Location: Private collection


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

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