Circa 1940 France
A Pair of Mid-Century Patinated and Gilt Iron Wall Lights after Gilbert Poillerat
Height 14 inches (35.56 cm)
Width 13 inches (33.02 cm)
Depth 5 inches (12.70 cm)
A pair of mid-20th century finely cast, patinated and gilt iron wall sconces, having scrolling backs and two candle arms.
In the manner of Gilbert Poillerat (1902-1988)
Gilbert Poillerat is one of the most renowned French metalworkers of the 20th Century. Having studied engraving at the Ecole Boulle in Paris he worked for Edgar Brandt in the rue Marat in Paris as a designer and creator of wrought-iron furniture and and decorative furnishings.
In 1927 he joined the workshop of Baudet, Donon et Roussel and was in charge of its new wrought iron department. Poillerat designed and produced tables, chairs, screens, lighting and firedogs among many other pieces. In 1928, his work was exhibited for the first time at the Salon d’Automne. Working in a variety of media from jewellery to clothing, Poillerat’s metalwork is characteristic for its winding calligraphic forms. In 1935 he designed a remarkable bronze door for the oceanliner, Normandie. Other commissions included work for the Bibliotheque Nationale and the Palais de Chaillot.
By 1946 he had become a professor at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs and went on to set up his own workshop. He Abandoned furniture and furnishings, turning to monumental wrought iron work, executing a number of commissions including public and governmental buildings as well as the Palais de l’Elysee.
This flamboyant pair of wall lights shows undisputed homage to Gilbert Poillerat in the design’s use of both materials and form.
These wall sconces can be wired for electric lighting. Please contact us to make specific requests.