Pair of Candle Stands (torchères)

Pair of Candle Stands (torchères)

c. 1773

Part of a set. See all set records

Thomas Chippendale

(British, 1718-1779)

Gilt-wood, gesso

Each: 154 x 56 x 51 cm (60 5/8 x 22 1/16 x 20 1/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2018.203

Fun Fact

Candle stands usually held silver or crystal candelabra that were lit for evening entertainment.

Description

These tall, gilt-wood candle stands (torcheres) were made by Thomas Chippendale (1718–1779), the leading cabinetmaker in London during the mid-1700s, for the main living room at Brocket Hall, a large country house in England. Designed in the neoclassical taste, they feature many aspects of classical decoration including carved swags and leaves, masks of mythical figures, and ram’s heads on a tripod base.

See also
Collection: 
Decorative Arts
Type of artwork: 
Furniture and woodwork

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