Pair of Late 18th Century Brass Lantern Brackets
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About this piece
Attributed to William Parker & Son
England, circa 1800
The cylindrical bowl-shaped glass shades with acorn finial and single candle sconce, with scrolling three arm gilt brass supporting arms hanging from chain, suspended from the curving beak of a stylised Eagle's head that rises from a sabre scabbard body with three suspension bands into a feathered tail section and curves again into the projected wall fitting. Glass shades and sconce replaced.
The eagle heads, along with the scrolling branch and acanthus details bear significant resemblance to those found on a pair of George III Twin Branch Candelabra from the Ducal Gallery in the Chapel at Chatsworth, circa 1780 (please see image 1 & 2) attributed to William Parker & Son.
The bracket cast appears to have been based on a Napoleonic era curved sabre scabbard with exaggerated suspension bands, minus the harness rings. Such martial symbolism would have resonated with imperial power and regimental rank, of victorious campaigns abroad and Empire.
H 117cm x W 33.5cm x D 63.5cm
H 46" x W 13" x D 25"
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