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Neoclassical Lighting

NEOCLASSICAL STYLE

Neoclassical design emerged in Europe in the 1750s, as the Age of Enlightenment reached full flower. Neoclassical furniture took its cues from the styles of ancient Rome and Athens: symmetrical, ordered, dignified forms with such details as tapered and fluted chair and table legs, backrest finials and scrolled arms.

Over a period of some 20 years, first in France and later in Britain, neoclassical design — also known as Louis XVI, or Louis Seize — would supersede the lithe and curvaceous Rococo or Louis XV style.

The first half of the 18th century had seen a rebirth of interest in classical antiquity. The "Grand Tour" of Europe, codified as a part of the proper education of a patrician gentleman, included an extended visit to Rome. Some ventured further, to sketch the ruins of ancient Greece. These drawings and others — particularly those derived from the surprising and rich archaeological discoveries in the 1730s and ’40s at the sites of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum — caused great excitement among intellectuals and aesthetes alike.

Neoclassical furniture is meant to reflect both grace and power. The overall appearance of neoclassical chairs, tables and cabinetry is strong and rectilinear. These pieces are, in effect, classical architecture in miniature: chair and table legs are shaped like columns; cabinets are constructed with elements that mirror friezes and pediments.

Yet neoclassicism is enlivened by gilt and silver leaf, marquetry, and carved and applied ornamental motifs based on Greek and Roman sculpture: acanthus leaves, garlands, laurel wreaths, sheaves of arrow, medallions and chair splats are carved in the shapes of lyres and urns.

As you can see from the furniture on these pages, there is a bit of whimsy in such stately pieces — a touch of lightness that will always keep neoclassicism fresh.

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Style: Neoclassical
S378 Early 20th Century Octagonal Mirror Back Sconces, a Pair
Located in Canton, MA
Classic two arm sconces with a worn nickel finish. Unmarked but of the same quality of E.F. Caldwell pieces of the same era. Octagonal mirror backs. Rewired with new candlecovers for...
Category

Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Brass, Nickel

Solid Brass 6 Arm Fox Hunting Horn Chandelier
Located in San Francisco, CA
Solid brass hunting horn chandelier with 6 french horn arms. Newly rewired . E-12 sockets, 60 watt max each. Rich brass patina. Classic design.
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Brass

Superb Quality Russian Cobalt Blue Crystal Clear Rock Crystal Chandeliers
By Johan Zekh
Located in London, GB
Unique and Antique from Johan Zekh, this pair of beautiful cobalt blue crystal and rock crystal chandeliers hung on a bronze gilt frame are beautiful examples of the Russian Imperia...
Category

Mid-19th Century Russian Antique Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Crystal, Rock Crystal, Bronze

Pair of French Neoclassical Style Gilt Bronze Sconces Having Classical Masks
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A pair of French Neoclassical style gilt bronze sconces having classical masks. 19th C.
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19th Century Antique Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Historistic Ceiling Lamp with Original Glass Shade, Around 1890s
Located in Wien, AT
Historistic ceiling lamp with original glass shade around 1890s. Brass polished and stove enamelled. Original glass shade. New wired.
Category

1890s Antique Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Brass

French 19th Century Neo-Classical St. Mahogany, Ebony and Ormolu Floor Lamp
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An elegant French 19th century neo-classical st. mahogany, ebony, and ormolu floor lamp. The lamp is raised by three fine ball feet below the decorative triangular shaped base with c...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Ormolu

French 19th Century Neoclassical Style Bronze and Ormolu Lamp
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A striking and large scale French 19th century neo-classical st. patinated bronze, ormolu and faux painted Porphyry lamp. The lamp is raised by ormolu ball feet below a most decorati...
Category

19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Bronze, Ormolu

Neoclassical Arlus Brass & Gun Metal Sconces Wall Lights Black & Gold Shades, 2
Located in Miami, FL
Elegant neoclassical pair of sconces, wall lamps in brass & gun metal by Maison Arlus, made in France. The set comes with black and gold paper shades. US Rewiring and each Sconce t...
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Mid-20th Century French Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Four Antique Gilt Bronze Fifteen-Light Wall Sconces
Located in London, GB
These gilt bronze (ormolu) wall sconces are magnificent pieces, each holding fifteen lights. The sconces will look beautiful either mounted onto the wall in a line, or paired and pla...
Category

Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Bronze, Ormolu

19th Century Carved Pine Wall Lights
Located in London, GB
19th century carved pine wall lights An exceptional pair of 19th century hand carved pine wall lights, still with their original gold gilt paint present. Would make a wonderful fi...
Category

Early 1900s Italian Antique Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Pine

Griotte Red Marble and Brass Corinthian Lamp
Located in San Francisco, CA
A striated, Griotte, brick-red marble column lamp with a brass, Corinthian capital and base. Newly wired. Measures: 6" x 6" base x 22.25" height.  
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1980s Vintage Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Griotte Marble, Brass

Pair of 19th Century French Brass Neoclassical Candlesticks
Located in Pembroke, MA
A pair of very finely-chased French brass candlesticks, circa 1870 in the neoclassical style (could be electrified as table lamps). Bases are decorated with rose vines.
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of 19th century English Classical Corinthian Column Candlestick Desk Lamps
Located in London, by appointment only
Pair of silver plate Corinthian column candlesticks, with Corinthian capitals above fluted stems and raised on stepped square bases. Now converted to lamps. Measures: Height to to...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Silver Plate

Jacques Adnet Bronze Neoclassical Sconces, France, 1950
Located in Paris, FR
Very elegant pair of 2 arm gilded bronze, metal gun patina, brass and Lucite (plexiglass) double arm wall sconces in the French neoclassical style of the 1950s by Jacques Adnet. The...
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1950s French Vintage Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Italian Bronze Hexagon Decorative Tassel Hanging Hall Lantern, Circa 1820
Located in Charleston, SC
Italian bronze hexagon glass hanging hall lantern with decorative scrolled arms, filigree upper border, four interior light cluster, and terminating with six lower decorative tassels...
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1820s Italian Antique Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Lamp “Child Torchière” Bronze, 20th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Lamp “Child torchière”. Bronze, 20th century. Bronze sculpture adapted so it can work as a lamp, after Neoclassical models like the well-known “Enfant Torchère” by August Moreau (183...
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20th Century European Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Set of Four American Classical Brass and Halophane Glass Sconces
Located in New York, NY
These wonderful set of four sconces feature a reverse domed ribbed halothane glass shade with a polished brass arm with classical detailing. They have been newly rewired and are in e...
Category

Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Brass

Small Round Neoclassical Three-Light Brass Fixture with Original Chain
Located in Troy, MI
Neoclassical brass fixture with globe form body, three candle style lights, original chain with unusual, decorative links and canopy, circa 1920s. New wiring for US electrical standa...
Category

Early 20th Century European Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Period Chrystal Candelabra
Located in Manchester, MA
A very fine pair of English Regency Period two-arm candelabra, from a prominent family in Philadelphia, circa 1820. All aspects of the crystal are hand-cut in amazing detail. The ci...
Category

1820s English Antique Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Crystal, Bronze

Candelabras English Silver Plated Three Arms For Candles England
Located in New York, NY
Candelabras English Silver Plated Three Arms For Candles England. A pair of candelabras made during the 19th Century in England. Holding three candles each.
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19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Silver Plate

Large French Neo-Classical Style Tole Green / Gilt Metal 3 Arm Sconces, Pair
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a wonderful large scale pair of French neo-classical style sconces with a green laurel motif and three gilt metal candle cup holders. They are unmarked and not electrified.
Category

1980s Unknown Vintage Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Metal

Antique French Neo-Classical Gilt Bronze and Black Marble Urn Lamp
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a lovely antique French neo-classical style gilt bronze and black veined marble lamp. It has a urn form with draped gilt bronze floral foliate. It is unmarked and in working ...
Category

Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Large Monumental 3-Tier 36-Light Italian Neoclassic Chandelier with Gold Leaf
Located in Casteren, NL
An exceptionally large 3-tier mid-century chandelier was made in Italy. This neo-classic chandelier was made from the best materials available. It is mostly gold leaf gilded and deco...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Crystal, Steel

Large Swedish Neo Classic Lantern, Small
Located in Westwood, NJ
A small Swedish Neo-Classic style five-light brass hall lantern with 18th-century style embellishments. The leaf tip crown above scrolling supports and a hexagonal frame decorated wi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary English Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Brass

Early Neo-Classical Style Carved Giltwood Italian Table Lamps, Pair
Located in Kennesaw, GA
These are incredible! A pair of early neo-classical style carved giltwood table lamps with three swans on pawed bases. They have some general age wear but are otherwise in very good ...
Category

Early 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of John Devoluy Hand Sconces, 4 Pairs Available
Located in Miami, FL
Superb pair of bronze and brass hands sconces, made by the 1960 John Devoluy for the Parisian market . US Rewired and in working condition. Backplate is 3 inches diameter Measures...
Category

1960s French Vintage Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Brass, Bronze

Maison Bagues French Mid-Century Brass and Crystal Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
French Mid-Century (1940s) brass frame chandelier with 2 tiers of 6 arms having crystal a channel of crystal beads and rosettes on round bobeches with a crystal ball finial bottom. (...
Category

Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Crystal, Brass

Neoclassical Gilt Candelabra Style Two Candle Table Lamp
Located in Lomita, CA
A beautiful two-light candelabra makes for perfect statement lighting. This lamp was produced circa 1925 to 1950, and it exudes design chic and grace. This is a heavy piece that incl...
Category

Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Iron

Large French Regency Louis XV Wood Carved Gold Leaf Baroque Giltwood Chandelier
Located in Coimbra, PT
Large neoclassic wood carved gold leaf Baroque giltwood five-light chandelier. Measures: Diameter 36 in/ 90 cm Height 36 in / 90 cm Five light bulbs E14/ good working condition Asse...
Category

20th Century French Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Gold Leaf

Paul Ferrante Bronze & Giltwood Pendant
Located in Atlanta, GA
A very elegant & decorative neoclassical bronze & giltwood pendant. Europe Circa, 1990. 3 lights. Dimensions: Height 40" Diameter 24" CW5235.
Category

1990s European Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Mid Century Faux Bamboo Brass Floor Lamp by Frederic Cooper with Cast Brass Bird
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Amazing and rare faux bamboo floor lamp with a parrot sitting on a perch. All in solid brass and in excellent vintage condition with new silk cord wiring.
Category

1940s French Vintage Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Brass

Workstead Lodge Cord Pendant Small
Located in Hudson, NY
The lodge cord pendant small is crafted from a hand-turned oak dowel. Suspended from a cloth cord, the wooden dowel is a tactile armature punctuated by a single glowing bulb. Availab...
Category

2010s American Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Oak

Wonderful Pair of Caldwell Bow Top Elegant Crystal Sunburst Star Bronze Sconces
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful pair of Caldwell style sconces with bow top and elegant crystal sunburst star oval back and fine bronze neoclassical frame. This pair of sconces has two candle arms and a...
Category

20th Century Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Crystal, Brass, Bronze

Pair of Faux Marble Column Lamps
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa late 19th to early 20th century pair of Ionic column lamps with faux marble and faux porphry painted finishes. The lamps also feature capital and moldings in a gilded finish. M...
Category

20th Century Italian Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Wood

Pair of Maison Lancel Sconces
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of brass 2-tone Maison Lancel sconce.
Category

1960s French Vintage Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair Two Light Gilt and Painted Wheat Tole' Sconces, Italian Circa 1950
Located in San Francisco, CA
Two-arm carved wood and painted metal sconces with a wheat motif. Gilt and Parcel Painted sconces sockets are candleabra bases able to hold up to 60 watts each socket. Recently Rew...
Category

20th Century Italian Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Metal

Pair of Large Neoclassic Bronze Chandeliers, Sold Individually
Located in New York, NY
Pair of English neoclassic style cast bronze eight-light chandeliers with Greek key motif, rectangular cast chains, original oversized canopy and rosettes on the bottom of the body. ...
Category

Early 20th Century Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Marble Vase Lamps
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of neoclassical style marble vase shaped lamps. Shades not included. Please note of wear consistent with age including minor chips and discoloration.
Category

Late 20th Century Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Marble

Four-Light Regence Style Carved Giltwood Chandelier
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Four-light Regence style carved giltwood chandelier, nicely carved with fine details, fitted with four standard bulbs Measures: 28" drop x 22.
Category

20th Century French Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Giltwood

Bronze and Crystal Basket Chandelier
Located in Canton, MA
Brass and crystal chandelier. Twelve lights around ring, and three in the center of the basket. C. 1920. Dimensions: Height: 32" Width (Diameter): 32?.
Category

20th Century American Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Pair of French 19th Century Neoclassical Bronze and Ormolu Sconces
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A fabulous pair of French 19th century Neo-Classical patinated bronze and ormolu two arm sconces. Each sconce is centered by a beautiful foliate bottom finial where the charming rich...
Category

19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Bronze, Ormolu

Workstead Orbit Sconce in Brushed Nickel
Located in Hudson, NY
The orbit sconce is a modern interpretation of an early American candle form with a reflective spun brass disc rotating 320 degrees, the sconce can act as both a reflector and deflec...
Category

2010s American Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Brass, Bronze, Nickel

Thew Brushed Brass Table Lamp with Ochre Glass Shade by Artig
Located in New York City, NY
Thews is a sturdy brass table lamp that reimagines an early 20th-century aesthetic. The perfect companion on your bookshelf, desk, or bedside table. Each frame is hand-brushed, be...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Brass

Wonderful Pair E.F. Caldwell Silvered Bronze Neoclassical 2-Light Wall Sconces
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful pair of stamped E.F. Caldwell silvered bronze neoclassical 2-light sconces
Category

20th Century Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Neoclassical Carved Wood Table Lamps
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Antique pair of Italian carved wood table lamps with Classic form; turned, carved, gessoed, and gilded then aged to perfection.
Category

20th Century Italian Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Gesso, Wood

Roman Bronze Floor Lamp Attributed to Tiffany & Co.
Located in Atlanta, GA
Roman style bronze floor lamp, attributed to Tiffany & Co., American, circa 1920s. This lamp is from the estate of Ms. Emily Post. It retains its wonderful original verdigrises’ pati...
Category

1920s American Vintage Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Metal, Wire, Bronze

Historistic Ceiling Lamp Vienna Around 1890s with Glass Sticks
Located in Wien, AT
Historistic ceiling lamp vienna around 1890s with glass sticks Polished and stove enamelled Glass sticks are replaced ( new ).
Category

1890s Austrian Antique Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Brass

Workstead Bole Sconce in White Enamel
Located in Hudson, NY
Bole positions a rotund form beneath a fabric shade, presenting a grounded yet buoyant composition for the wall. Available in White or Black Enamel, each version provides the perfect...
Category

2010s American Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Enamel

Italian Carved White Alabaster Pendant or Lantern, 1890-1900
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A very elegant hand-carved white alabaster neoclassical style pendant lantern manufactured in Italy in the late 19th century. The dome is shaped like an antique Greek Crater perfect...
Category

Late 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Alabaster, Bronze

1940s Galvanized Metal Pan Ceiling Fixture w/ 5 Sockets and Brass Star Accents
Located in New York, NY
1940's five socket metal ceiling light with brass star accents. This American Classic style light measures 13" in diameter. Price includes restoration. This can be seen at our 400 Gi...
Category

1940s American Vintage Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Venetian-Style Six-Sided Lantern
Located in Great Barrington, MA
The details for great styling, tapered shape, mottled glass, blue-metal framing, gilt leaves and berries at top and bottom. Single light electrified for USA use. Can be used in neocl...
Category

Early 20th Century European Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Metal

Fine Pair French Doré Bronze Neoclassical Rams Head Linke Filigree Swag Sconces
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful large pair of beautifully etched doré bronze two-arm sconces with filigree draping and swags with fluting detail and decor around the bobeches and a ram's head center med...
Category

1920s French Vintage Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Petite Alabaster Pendant, Sweden, 1920
Located in New York, NY
A simple alabaster bowl, with original Swedish size canopy. Canopy may be exchanged for no additional cost. .  
Category

Early 20th Century Swedish Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Alabaster

Single Bronze Clad Venetian Style Draped Arm Sconce
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Single bronze clad (Bronze over plaster) Venetian style draped arm sconce, realistically modeled, and polychromed, holding a torch candle sconce.  
Category

20th Century European Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Sunburst Flower Gilt Metal and Glass Flush Mounts, Neoclassical Style
Located in Barcelona, ES
Pair of gilt metal flower shaped light fixtures with unmatching pressed glass shades, Spain, 1960s. These eye-catching large ceiling lamps feature a gilt metal flower shaped frame s...
Category

20th Century Spanish Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Metal

Pair of Neoclassical Brass and Lucite Koi Table Lamps
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Lovely pair of vintage koi fish table lamps, Lucite and brass. These will be newly rewired prior to shipping. There are a few spots on the black shades that have some scratches. Mea...
Category

1970s American Vintage Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Brass

French Table Lamp in the Classical Style Cement 2000
Located in Labrit, Landes
Cement table lamp with acanthus leaves French circa 2000 Good condition This can be re-wired and tested to USA or European and UK standards. Sold without the lamp shade Shipp...
Category

Early 2000s French Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Cement

Willy Rizzo Table Lamp by Lumica
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Table lamp rewired from the 1970s, edited by Lumica Base size 4" / 4" / 10".
Category

Mid-20th Century French Neoclassical Lighting

Materials

Metal

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