Pair of ormolu mounted porcelain wall lights by Pauly & Co.

By Pauly & Co. (Italian, founded 1902)


This superb pair of wall lights features finely wrought ormolu frames inset with magnificently painted porcelain plaques by the celebrated Venetian firm Pauly & Co.


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This pair of wall lights is crafted from ormolu, or gilt bronze, and porcelain. Each light features a central circular porcelain backplate finely painted with figurative scenes in the Renaissance manner. One scene depicts a classical portrayal of a young man playing a lyre accompanied by a woman holding a water jug and a spray of laurel, the two set in an idyllic pastoral landscape. The other plaque illustrates a busier scene: many figures, likewise in classicising dress, gather about an altar. Both plaques are superbly painted, the central figurative roundel of each encompassed by a decorative parcel gilt border.

The frame of each light is highly elaborate: the porcelain plaque is encompassed by a laurel wreath, topped by a tied-ribbon crown. Each frame features a lower foliate section, wrought to resemble a sprig of acanthus leaves. From the centre of each frame springs twin ormolu candle holders, each branch scrolled and finished with foliate detailing.

The porcelain plaque of each light features a sticker to the reverse that reads ‘Pauly & Co. / Venezia’.


Artist / Maker
By Pauly & Co. (Italian, founded 1902)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Early 20th Century
Early 20th Century
Neoclassical, Renaissance
Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Porcelain
Gold, Multi-coloured


77 cm / 30.3 inches
40 cm / 15.7 inches
13 cm / 5.1 inches


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