Four Wall Lights

Philippe Caffieriabout 1765 - 1770

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Along with firelight, candles were the only sources of illumination after dark in the 1700s. Wall lights such as these were usually fixed on either side of a mirror so that the reflection multiplied the flames of the candles. This set of wall lights would have been used in a large room fitted out with paneling and furniture in the newly fashionable Neoclassical style.

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  • Title: Four Wall Lights
  • Creator: Attributed to Philippe Caffieri
  • Date: about 1765 - 1770
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Gilt bronze
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Wall light
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 92.DF.18
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S111
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Decorative Arts