A striking pair of torchères in overall in reasonable restored condition. Some repairs to carved details – notably to one swag, which has recently been reattached – and some losses to gilt gesso, notably to serpents. One serpent head is apparently later but it is worth noting that the other two from this set sold at auction in 2014 have the same variation. The uprights with plug repairs, approximately two-thirds of the way up, and it is possible that they were fitted with a stretcher or some other element now missing at these sites. Generally there are scattered chips and losses to gilding throughout, though this gilding is a later surface. The bun feet are later. Some of the carved laurel husks are possibly replaced. Generally the carving and particularly the modelling of the ram's heads is very good.
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