What to expect to pay

£1000 +

Cast Plaster Shell Wall Sconce

The Catch

A firm favourite of the early 20th century interior designer Dorothy Draper and infamous of the art deco period are the scallop shell-shaped cast plaster wall sconces.

First produced in the early 1930’s by French designer
Serge Roche, the style quickly influenced other craftsmen of the time to create their own, the most popular being the conch-style uplighter that Alberto Giacometti was commissioned to design for Jean Michel Frank. Original versions by both Roche and Giacometti currently warrant around £7000 per pair to purchase but there are many alternative, more affordable replicas that have been produced since. Online auctions often have vintage styles available for approximately £1000 per pair or if you would rather purchase first hand, interior designers Nicholas Haslam and Rose Uniacke are both selling their take on the style.

Soft and calming, the cast plaster sconces look great in a hallway or bathroom, paired best against polished plaster walls. Please note, that you need to ensure they are IP44 rated for bathroom use.

Where you should look

1stdibs, Nicholas Haslam, Rose Uniacke, eBay, Pamono,

Key search words

Serge Roche Wall Sconce, Giacometti Wall Sconce, JM Frank Wall Sconce, Uplighter, Coquille Shell Wall Light, French plaster wall sconce, Dorothy Draper Sconce, Giacometti Wall Sconce, Folded Plaster Wall Sconce, Art Deco Wall Sconce
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