(A) Howz this for the Hollywood star look? One's been rewired, the other has good wiring. As you can see, the French sockets are present. No problem, just use bayonet mount bulbs, easily accessible in a host of wattages on the you-know-where. Otherwise, give your electrician the ultimate headache assignment of installing American sockets (or me, for beaucoup bucks). Easy choice?! These have terrifc presence, being 14 inches high and nearly a foot across. Yes, the etching along the edges and on the backs puts these WAY over the top!! Shades that clamp onto the bulbs are readily available in a mind-numbing variety. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(B) One of a matching pair of alabaster-shaded gilt bronze high style French wall sconces, a design which transcends mere "Art Deco," at least the kind we gum-chewing Philistines are used to. They measure 20" tall, 12 wide (at the widest point of the shades) and they project about 6 inches from the wall. For that very, very special New York or Parisian apartment. Or San Francisco, maybe, if it's a period penthouse! (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(C) A most agreeable wall sconce, long on ambiance, by Schneider (but unsigned), on the order of 7 inches wide, about 13 or 14 high. What an elegant concept -- and don't most things French eventually come back around to the "abundant basket" motif?! (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(D) A freshly replated brushed nickel wall sconce, all by its lonesome in this world and gushing tears about that, as you can see. Another drama queen? It's 12 wide by 9 high.
Quite likely SOLD, as I've not seen it for a while! So much for MY records!!
(E) Here's another contender for "the best" accolade. These streamlined Modernist sconces (there is a pair) were undoubtedly designed by the world-renowned French lighting designer Petitot. Refinished in brushed nickel, they're about 14 inches wide, 3 1/2 high and they project about seven inches from the wall. Who could resist? (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(F) A very happy marriage betwixt Petitot (the shades) and Boretti (the solid brass backs). Projecting a full foot from the wall, allow these to add their significant presence to your room (by buying them!). Rewired, fitted with American candelabra sockets capable of hosting 60-watt bulbs. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(G) Yes, the shades are a stop-gap measure, none having come with these solid brass, pyramiding Deco marvels. You're welcome to find something (clip-on to the bulbs) you like better, or use bare flame-shaped bulbs, some of which look quite wonderful. In any case, the capa shell shades work nicely for the moment. These are about a foot tall. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(H) Here's a totally fab pair of gold-plated, solid brass Art Deco sconces with hand-blown, signed Schneider art glass shades. They project about 9 1/2 inches from the wall and their overall height is about 9 inches. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(I) As you can see, the original gold finish of this gloriously ornate, Ca. 1915 sconce, is somewhat compromised, but if you like real antiques, this won't phase you! This sconce projects about 11 1/2 inches from the wall. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(J) This one has all the geometric bells and whistles of great Deco design! The shade, signed Degué, is singularly attractive and monumentally rare! About a foot tall, projecting a mere 6 1/2 inches from the wall. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(K) This shade is undoubtedly Schneider, though unsigned. So what -- the quality and beauty are there! The gorgeous nickel-plated back is in near-mint condition. Overall this sconce projects about 8 inches from the wall, and has an overall height of about 8 inches. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(L) Here's another mid-teens beauty, originally nickel-plated, now "slightly" compromised. Again, so what if you like your antiques dans leur jus. The signed Noverdy shade has been ground down along one edge to banish a chip (I presume). This sconce projects almost a foot from the wall. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)
(M) These Nouveau-styled whiplash beauties are actually American, and made of solid brass which I've had plated in my signature brushed nickel finish. The gorgeous shades are French, of course! They project about 9 inches from the wall. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)