Sunday, February 3, 2013

Mid-Century Brass and Black Sconces

I've always had a thing for the common mid-century combination of brass and black.  Here's the latest acquisition from that auction site: a pair of sconces.  The brass parts are close to 12 inches tall, and the globes are about 3.5 inches in diameter.

I took a chance on the brass being salvageable, but this set had some serious rust issues.  I tried but could not get the brass polish to clean one of these well enough for display.  So sadly, I broke out the spray primer and then the brass paint.  I also primed and repainted the steel globes.

Anyone have an idea what could have been contained in these globes?

I don't see any sign of rust inside, so I doubt if live plants were ever put in these.  And there's no spike or flat part where a candle could have been installed.  It's puzzling.

Right now I'm still thinking about where I'll hang these - for the photos I just used a couple of hooks already on one of our walls.  I often see a pair of sconces like this teamed with a wall clock, and I think I already have just the clock for this...

Now I just need the right space for it.  Maybe in our entry way, perched above this gossip bench/telephone table?

I've been toying with recovering the seat on this with a vintage pattern fabric, so maybe that's what I'll do, and pair all these pieces together.

Stay tuned...


  1. Very cool. If you put the sconces over the telephone table, the left one get pens and the right one has pencils.

  2. Those sconces are the bomb (and so is that starburst clock)! I am a fan of black-and-brass as well, they're the perfect combo. I think you have the right plan, those pieces are definitely family.

  3. that pairing sounds perfect! I've never seen any sconces like that, but you can bet i'll be looking now! You had me completely fooled, until I read you had primed and painted them I thought what GREAT condition!

  4. All those pieces would look wonderful together and would make total decorating sense.

  5. Maybe they were used for fake plants? Was that ever popular?