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PROPERTY OF A LADY

A fine and rare George II giltwood and gilt-gesso torchère
circa 1730
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459

PROPERTY OF A LADY

A fine and rare George II giltwood and gilt-gesso torchère
circa 1730
Estimate
15,00025,000
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Details & Cataloguing

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A fine and rare George II giltwood and gilt-gesso torchère
circa 1730
the octagonal top with carved with strapwork and foliage above an hourglass form neck with octagonal collar above an octagonal tapering stem carved with foliate strapwork continuing to a collar formed of three lions masks raised on a tripod of three cabriole legs carved with foliate strapwork and ending in paw feet. Over-gilt.
height 42 1/2 in.; diameter of top 13 in.
108 cm; 33 cm
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Catalogue Note

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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