(A) YES, I have SIX of this glorious blackamoor wall sconces (other pix on demand)! "Blackamoor figures are sculptures and other depictions of exoticized figures, usually African males but sometimes other non-European races, used in European art in the Early Modern period," so say "da Internet."  I will go along with the "exotic" aspect of this definition, and add that the French (as these were purchased in France) have added their own special touch of classic elegance insofar as the back plates are concerned.  The mottled glass shades are hand or mold-blown, unsigned Schneider.  They differ considerably insofar as the mottling goes, with some being nearly devoid of that element, more like plain frosted glass.  And so it goes in the realm of hand-made glass of long ago.  The sconces are quite heavy, the hand being either solid brass or bronze.  For the French, it's always a race between substance, often surpassing what we might think of as overkill, and design.  These sconces have been rewired and fitted with American candelabra sockets, each capable of hosting a 60-watt bulb or less.  Sold in lots of 2, 4 or 6.  The price of $4500 pertains to all three pairs.  Buy a pair or two at $1500 per pair.  These could have been made as early as the 1930s, perhaps as late as 1960. Dimensions: 4 x 6.5 x 11;  $4500 the set of six. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)

 

 

(E) 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! $1750 the pair. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)

 

(H) A most agreeable wall sconce, long on creating a special 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?! $1075. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)

 

 

(J) 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. $850. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)

 

 

 

(R) 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? $1375 the pair. (e-mail Jack to start the conversation)

 

 

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