SOLD – Pair of “Caryatide” sconces by Félix Agostini with 3 lights in gilded bronze, circa 1960


What I like

I like this pair of “Caryatide” wall lights for their very poetic side, very typical of the great artist Félix Agostini: of course, we think of Diego Giacometti’s lights, with whom he rubbed shoulders, but Agostini prefers to work with gilded bronze and knew how to build a very personal universe: characters or elongated subjects, quite jagged; one can also think of the work of Germaine Richier. All this is understandable, the three artists work at the same time…

On the other hand, I like the fact that we are dealing here with the “Caryatide” model with three arms of lights, much rarer than the one with two lights: the presence of the middle arm gives a more marked volume to these wall lights. , which are real sculptures. We will obviously see a character, ending in a scaled sheath, holding 3 arms!

I like the fact that this “Caryatide” model created in 1956 is one of his first creations, already perfectly accomplished.

Of course, as in all the old production of Félix Agostini, the quality of the bronze is marvelous: in addition to being sculptures, these sconces are also marvelous works of art: we find the high quality of the works of art of the 18th and 19th century: French craftsmen are like no other!!

In addition, the old patina and the carving are very beautiful.

Finally, we chose a reinterpretation of their original lampshade, which highlights the volume of these sconces, in an ivory cotton, whose shape of a swollen and domed band follows the volume created by the three branches of the sconces.

Technical description

Félix Agostini (1910-1980)

Pair of gilt bronze sconces with three lights, “Caryatide” model, edition F. Agostini Paris, 1956, old edition.

A shaft simulating a woman’s body holds two side arms of the same height and a central arm at the front and a little higher. These arms are topped with fake candles concealing the electrical assembly and housing the three bulbs.

Modern lampshade in ivory cotton in the shape of a domed and swollen headband.


Model reproduced in a period advertisement published in Revue Maison et Jardin, number 40, November 1956, page 47

Dimensions and weight

The wall lights alone up to the bulb:

Height:60 cm – Width: 33 cm – Depth: 16 cm

The wall lights with the lampshade:

Height:70 cm – Width:47 cm – Depth: 17,5 cm

Weight: 1,5 kg each

Mix & Match

This pair of sconces is an art object and a sculpture: it animates the walls thanks to the gilded bronze with an old patina that shimmers, and thanks to this ethereal character so typical of Félix Agostini. With its very particular ivory lampshade which takes up the models of the master, it gives a character of elegance and refinement to your room.

It can also light up a room with 18th or 19th century furniture, because of its preciousness. But of course, she will like to accompany the large desk in walnut and chromed and black lacquered metal from the Banque de France, but also the pair of G10 armchairs by Pierre Guariche, covered in peacock blue cloth or in off-white terry cloth from the Bisson house. Brunel! The quality of manufacture of these pieces of furniture, their clean and just design calls for the beauty of our wall lights!

But these wall lights and the pair of Grasshopper armchairs by Sonja Wasseur embellished with our bar table by Lodovico Acerbis will each shine with their metallic reflections and the beauty of their lines: in all three cases, we are in front of sculptures!

But its poetic universe, its sober gilding allows it of course to get along with our large tapestry by Enrique Broglia “Composicion metallica”, enlivened by the reflections of the gilded brass inserts in the brown and beige weft: in both cases, quality of design and production!

On Julian de Covemaeker’s coffee table, with its abstract bronze decor, I would gladly place Maurice Legendre’s sculpture, Warrior II, produced by Daum in an exceptional material: crystal paste: this Warrior has such a worked surface than our wall lights, such a dreamlike universe!

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To know more

The designer

Félix Agostini was born on July 5, 1910 in Paris, rue Saint Dominique. From an early age, he showed exceptional gifts for drawing. At 20, he performed as a boy on the Châtelet stage, thus proving his various artistic talents. Then, from the age of 24, he worked as an advertising designer and retoucher at the printer Draeger.

His works will be recognized more particularly for the brands Peugeot, Ford, Ducretet, Thomson, Chanel (printed fabrics), and posters of Artists like Andrex.

A few years later, he created his business in rue Vercingétorix in the 14th arrondissement, where his first models in wrought iron, ceramics, then bronze were born. Already at the time, his name appears in the Quillet encyclopedia. He will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with Diego Giacometti and will pay homage much later to the two sculptor brothers, by the realization of one of his lampposts: “Echassier”. It was not until 1955 that he sculpted the models of his best-known lights in plaster (later cast in bronze), in his shop then located at 3 rue de Penthièvre in the 8th arrondissement. For several years, each summer, he personally exhibited his works at the Cusin gallery in Mougins (Alpes Maritimes), where a large part of his clientele developed.

Félix Agostini died on February 19, 1980, at the Val d’Or clinic in Saint-Cloud, after having created more than 200 works.

The editor

Félix Agostini had created his own company to distribute his creations and have control over the quality of the manufacture of his lamps and sculptures.

A beautiful and authentic pair of sconces at a fair price

This pair of “Caryatide” wall lamps by Félix Agostini has been carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, its originality and its fair price. Our choice favors above all the acuity of the design and the quality of the manufacture, of which the signature of Félix Agostini is the guarantor, guarantee of a valorization of your new acquisition in your interior and of an ability to dialogue with your furniture, to match and mix to create a unique decoration.

Buying vintage wall lights is surely a reasonable investment, so great is the appetite for the 1960s.

Finally, buying antique furniture or works of art preserves the resources of planet earth.

Additional information
Weight 3 kg
Dimensions 33 × 16 × 60 cm



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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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