Pair of Brass Wall Sconces in the Manner of Thomas Jeckyll, circa 1880
A pair of brass wall sconces, circa 1880, in the manner of Thomas Jeckyll. Each rectangular backplate cast with beautiful stylized flowers and daisies over twin scrolled sconces with drip pans. An extremely decorative and functional pair of antique sconces. Thomas Jeckyll trained as an architect and was active, both as an architect and designer, in London and Norfolk. In the 1860s he came into contact with James Abbot McNeil Whistler (1834-1903) and E.W. Godwin (1833-1886). By the 1870s, Jeckyll was one of the leading architects of the Aesthetic Movement. He designed an interior for the Holland Park house of the collector, Alexander Ionides (1833-1900) (who bequeathed much of his collection of paintings to the V&A) and the dining room of a house in Princes Gate. (Due to its later painted decoration by Whistler, this room became known as the Peacock Room, and is currently on display in the Freer Art Gallery, Washington, D.C.) Jeckyll became mentally unstable in 1877 and died in an asylum in 1881. Dimensions: H 14 in. x W 8 in. x D 2 in.