The present torchère with its octagonal top and foliate carved strapwork is similar to gilt-gesso furniture including stands made by James Moore and John Gumley for George I at Kensington Palace in the 1720s. Often these stands were made to match large gilt-gesso pier tables and pier mirrors would be placed flanking the tables in order to light the mirrors. The present torchère is also similar to stands made in the 1740s as it combines paw feet, cabriole legs, and a tapering octagonal stem with lions head masks at the base, all of which point to the Palladian influence. The torchère appears to be a transitional piece of furniture between Baroque and Palladian styles combing decorative elements from each genre.
A pair of nearly identical torchères to the present lot sold in these rooms, October, 30, 1990, lot 232. For similar stands see Adam Bowett, Early Georgian Furniture, 1715-1740, Woodbridge, 2009, pp. 208-209
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