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These unsual torchères with their combination of gilding and painting to simulate bronze and the crisp quality of the carving and casting, are features which are often found on Russian furniture of the late 18th/early 19th century. Related examples are illustrated by Chenevière, op. cit, pp. 45-48. Also see fig 34, p47, (now in the Ostankino Palace Museum), for a torchère in the Egyptian manner, with Egyptian masks on the stem as on the present pair and p. 33, fig 17, for a torchère (now in the Ostankino Museum), with a triform base, baluster foliate carved stem and Egyptian recumbent sphinxes. More elaborate examples can be seen illustrated by Chenevière op. cit., p. 60, fig. 49 and p. 61, fig. 50, which have elements painted to simulate bronze as on the offered pair. According to Chenevière op. cit., Russian makers borrowed models from France, England. Similar torchères are shown in a print kept in the Musée des Art Décoratifs in Paris, representing the Fête de la Régénération.
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