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Midcentury French Sconces in Shagreen Glass and Brass 1950s

2,400.00
Vintage French Sconces in Shagreen Glass and Brass 1950s on PHILOLUX and 1stdibs
Vintage French Sconces in Shagreen Glass and Brass 1950s on PHILOLUX and 1stdibs
Vintage French Sconces in Shagreen Glass and Brass 1950s on PHILOLUX and 1stdibs
Vintage French Sconces in Shagreen Glass and Brass 1950s on PHILOLUX and 1stdibs
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Midcentury French Sconces in Shagreen Glass and Brass 1950s

2,400.00

Midcentury French brass sconces with round, opaline glass diffusers. Stems are covered in shagreen. 

 

DIMENSIONS

  • 10 in.Hx5 in.Wx5 in.D
  • 25 cmHx13 cmWx13 cmD

E14 European candelabra sockets

 

Shagreen, wrapped around the stems of these sconces, is leather-like to the touch. It was applied by an artisan in France where shagreen is called galluchat after the 17th century expert on the material by the same name. A precious material for centuries and a favorite of the French royal court. Its subtle, circular volume is said to make it very robust, which is why Japanese soldiers used it as sword grips and body armor in the Middle Ages. 

Today shagreen or galluchat is more associated with the craft of the Art Deco period where it was extremely popular, used often by icons such as Cartier and Jean-Michel Frank. 

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Midcentury French brass sconces with round, opaline glass diffusers. Stems are covered in shagreen. 

 

DIMENSIONS

  • 10 in.Hx5 in.Wx5 in.D
  • 25 cmHx13 cmWx13 cmD

E14 European candelabra sockets

 

Shagreen, wrapped around the stems of these sconces, is leather-like to the touch. It was applied by an artisan in France where shagreen is called galluchat after the 17th century expert on the material by the same name. A precious material for centuries and a favorite of the French royal court. Its subtle, circular volume is said to make it very robust, which is why Japanese soldiers used it as sword grips and body armor in the Middle Ages. 

Today shagreen or galluchat is more associated with the craft of the Art Deco period where it was extremely popular, used often by icons such as Cartier and Jean-Michel Frank.