1940s sconces. PAIR. Likely French.


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I’m very pleased to offer this important pair of late-1940s sconces.

Almost all my lights are American made, but these sconces are without question European, and require European bulbs (I will supply four such bulbs, and forward the NYC contact for additional bulbs). I believe the sconces are French, and date from the late 1940s or early 1950s. The wiring (not by me) is modern, as are the on/off switches (I can replace the white switches with brass ones).

The sconces are of high quality, heavy, and largely made from brass. The center sections feature gorgeous wood veneer panels. The main bodies are mounted to wooden back-plates. I cannot know if these are original, or later additions (so that the sconces can cover modern electrical boxes). The back-plates have a center section in a vellum color; I’m uncertain as to the material, it might be vellum. On the back is some writing in pencil but I cannot read this. Alas.

Under each socket housing (quite distinctive in shape) is a glass disk with cut edges. There’s also a glass sphere in the center, top, of each sconce.

I love the curvaceous shape of the arms.

The sconces accept silk shades (not included) but also look well without shades (see last image).

Impressively scaled, the sconces are 16-inches high (with bulbs and shades), 15-inches wide (with shades), and they project 7-inches.

If anyone knows the designer or maker of these stunning fixtures, please contact me. I’ve done a lot of research but without discovering anything. Quite vexing!


  • The fixtures accept 60W European base B22 CL bulbs. Four are included. I will forward the NYC store where more can be purchased. The bulbs are about $8 each.
  • The brass has been polished but not so much as to remove all the patina. It has not been lacquered.
  • Sadly, the silk shades are not included. Happily, they are commonly available from in places like Home Depot, Restoration Hardware, and Pottery Barn (the latter two on-line even).

COLOR: Brass. Dark wood. Vellum colored partial back-plate.

SIZE: See above.


  • The only issues are minor. The center of each sconce has two thin, long veneer panels (four total). One panel has small bits of loss at the bottom. There are also minute bit of loss to the veneers of the back-plates. I stress the word minute. I can touch up these small issues with dark furniture polish if you like.
  • The sockets are original (and in fine shape) with new wiring (not done by me) and new-ish switches. I did add a length of new wire.

SHIPPING: Insured shipping in the Continental US will be…FREE!