One-Arm Sconce by Serge Mouille

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

About

The one-arm sconce is both stylish and practical as it can be used in many different design applications. The shade tilts and revolves on a brass fitting while the arm swings providing a very versatile lighting option.

Available in black and white.

Customization Options

Available in black or white, custom options available upon request.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    16 in. H
    41 cm H
  • Diameter
    39
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU80318213913

About Serge Mouille (Designer)

Instantly recognizable by their long slender armatures and domed, ovoid shades, the best-known lamps and lighting fixtures of Serge Mouille have become emblems of the organic design of the mid-20th century. Along with Jean Prouvé, Mathieu Matégot and others, Mouille brought a fresh, modern aesthetic to metalwork, one of the most tradition-bound mediums in the decorative arts.

Mouille (pronounced: MWEE) was born to a working Parisian family. At age 15, he took up studies in the metalworking atelier of that École des Arts Appliqués, under the tutelage of the goldsmith and sculptor Gabriel Lacroix. After graduating, in 1941, Mouille worked in Lacroix’s studio and began teaching at the School of Applied Arts four years later. In the early 1950s, bothered by the preponderance of new Italian lamps and chandeliers on the market and consumed with the belief that fixtures by Gino Sarfatti and others were unnecessarily complex, Mouille opened a lighting-design workshop. He quickly won commissions from several French schools and libraries. In 1956, the influential Paris gallerist Steph Simon — who also promoted Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand and Isamu Noguchi — began to show Mouille designs, introducing his work to private collectors. Mouille would continue making handcrafted lighting fixtures at a slow but steady pace until 1964, when he stopped working to begin a long course of treatment for tuberculosis. When it was completed, Mouille returned to teaching at the École des Arts Appliqués for the remainder of his career.

With the biomorphic shades and long armatures of his fixtures, Mouille created one of the most engaging and idiosyncratic lighting aesthetics of his time. Though often described as “insect-like,” his pieces have more in common with the fluid, buoyant forms in the paintings of Jean Arp. (Mouille designed several cylindrical or columnar lamps; though highly collectible, those are interesting outliers in his body of work.) As with Prouvé’s folded metal forms and Matégot’s perforated steel, Mouille brought a novel lightness and energy to metal furnishings. Since Mouille’s designs found renewed popularity in the early 2000s, licensed re-editions of his pieces are being produced. The disparity in price between vintage and current-day Mouille pieces is great. Older works — identification tip: the interior white reflective enameling has a yellowish cast — cost $20,000 to $40,000, and newer pieces go for 10 to 20 percent less than that. As you will see on these pages, Serge Mouille created icons of 20th century design — at once sleek, suave and friendly — that belong in any modern decor.

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2004

Typical response time: 13 hours

Located in Brooklyn, NY

More from this Seller

Rotating One Arm Curved Sconce by Serge Mouille
Rotating One Arm Curved Sconce by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
Aluminum, Steel
The one arm curved sconce is both stylish and practical as it can be used in many different design applications. The shade tilts and revolves on a brass fitting while the arm swings pro...
Rotating Sconce with One Straight Arm by Serge Mouille
Rotating Sconce with One Straight Arm by Serge Mou...
Serge Mouille
Aluminum, Steel
This sconce is a certified re-edition, produced by Serge Mouille's family at the site of his original workshop. Both stylish and practical, it can be used in many different design appl...
Rotating Two-Arm Sconce by Serge Mouille
Rotating Two-Arm Sconce by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
Aluminum, Steel
A practical lamp that is capable of illuminating two areas at the same time. The arms independently rotate while the shades tilt and revolve on their own accord. A Dual switch on the mo...
Three-Arm Spider Sconce by Serge Mouille
Three-Arm Spider Sconce by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
Aluminum, Steel
With three stationary arms projecting from the central mount into the room, this lamp becomes a reference point while illuminating the surroundings. Each lamp head tilts and revolves. ...
Rotating Five-Arm Sconce by Serge Mouille
Rotating Five-Arm Sconce by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
Aluminum, Steel
A large rotating sconce that creates a focal point in a room and is able to project deep into a space with each arm rotating independently from each other for maximum flexibility. As wi...
Double Swivel Sconce by Serge Mouille
Double Swivel Sconce by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
Aluminum, Steel
The one straight arm, two swivels, is a perfect solution for smaller spaces as it offers a variety of lighting options. This sconce is highly adjustable, with brass swivels, on the base...
Wall Sconce 3 Rotating Arms by Serge Mouille
Wall Sconce 3 Rotating Arms by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
Aluminum, Steel
With arms measuring 52, 58 and 88 inches, this sconce can project light into a room at varying angles due to the independent rotation of each arm and each shade. Switches located on mou...
Spider Sconce 7 Arms by Serge Mouille
Spider Sconce 7 Arms by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
Aluminum, Steel
The largest of the spider sconces, this lamp is not only unique in its design but equally impressive in an installation where it is the focal point of the room. Two identically long arm...
Double Swivel Sconce, by Serge Mouille
Double Swivel Sconce, by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
Aluminum, Steel
The one straight arm, two swivels, is a perfect solution for smaller spaces as it offers a variety of lighting options. This sconce is highly adjustable, with brass swivels, on the base...
Wall Sconce 4 Rotating Arms by Serge Mouille
Wall Sconce 4 Rotating Arms by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
Aluminum, Steel
This sconce is designed so that one short and one long arm rotate at the same time creating a unique effect with illumination. Shades pivot in place. Switches located on mounting plate....
Serge Mouille Rotating Sconce Two Arms, One Curved
Serge Mouille Rotating Sconce Two Arms, One Curved...
Serge Mouille
Aluminum, Steel
This sconce is an authorized Re-edition, produced by Serge Mouille's family at the site of his original workshop. The long straight arm is 69 inches, allowing for illumination deeper ...
Serge Mouille Eye Sconce
Serge Mouille Eye Sconce
Serge Mouille
Aluminum, Steel
This sconce is a certified re-edition, produced by the family of Serge Mouille on the site of his original workshop. The Mouille “œil” or eye sconce is named for the shape of the shade...