A pair of gilded bronze wall lights in the shape of a swan and surmounted with an arrow and ribbon , similar wall lights are attributed to Claude Galle. France XIX century. Sizes: H 57 x L 27 cm. One of the arrows needs to be restored. Claude Galle ( 1759-1815 ) , bronzer and gilder in rue Vivienne Paris . Similar wall lights are in stalled in the bathroom of the emperor in the Grand Trianon ( Versailles ). The swan is the symbol of Venus, goddess of beauty. Therefore they were often installed in the bathrooms. Documentary: Ledoux-Lenard, Le Grand Trianon, Meubles et Objects d’art,p. 156 Ottomeyer and Porschel, Vergodete Bronzen, T. 1. , p357 Marie-France Dupuy-Baylet, Les bronzes du Mobilier National, Faton, pp. 121 and 122
A pair of gilded bronze wall lights in the shape of a swan.