BECO (Brown Evans and Co.) Copper Wall Sconces for Anatol Kagan, Melbourne 1950s

BECO (Brown Evans and Co.) Copper Wall Sconces for Anatol Kagan, Melbourne 1950s


Price per sconce. Pair available.

This magnificent pair of copper wall sconces was a private commission for a 1950s Anatol Kagan architectural project in Caulfield. The lighting was designed and produced by Brown Evans and Co. (BECO) in close consultation with the architect.

Guy brown, archivist of his father Donald Brown's lighting company, has inspected these lights and confirmed that they were produced by BECO Lighting. Donald Brown consulted closely with architects and designers to meet their requirements for individual commissions throughout the life of the company.

The rarity and quality of BECO private commissions is legendary. Watch out for the large spider arm chandelier that matches this pair of wall lights in our other listings. The whole set is in the style of Stilnovo’s lighting designs of the period, which Kagan will have seen in architectural and interiors magazines. The expense and time involved in importation during the post war period and into the 1950s meant that individual commissions of desirable furniture and lighting were produced entirely in Australia but often based on current trends in Europe and the US.

Cabinet de Luxe salvaged all these lights from the re-fit of a Mid-Century Modern home in Caulfield, Melbourne. 380 Glen Eira Road is featured in Modernist Australia website's feature on Anatol Kagan and these lights can be seen in their original setting in that article. An image of their original setting is included here.

These lights were matched with a copper floor lamp in the informal living area, while the large copper spider arm light also in our listings was over the dining table.

Other BECO lights we have listed can be seen scattered throughout the home.


Height 35 cm

Width 30 cm

Depth 16 cm


Rewired and in very good condition. There is some loss of the original protective coating or lacquer. This can be ignored and the natural patina encouraged.


Each sconce requires four Fancy Round SBC (small bayonet cap) or B15 globes. We found frosted globes in the fittings at the time of salvage and agree that these are most effective.

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