Provenance & Patina: Important English Furniture from a West Coast Collection

Provenance & Patina: Important English Furniture from a West Coast Collection

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A Pair of George II Carved Giltwood Torchères, Circa 1755

Auction Closed

June 18, 08:33 PM GMT

Estimate

40,000 - 60,000 USD

Lot Details

Description

the scallop shaped tops above shaped and ornately carved stems, the upper part with stylized acanthus, the lower part with an ovoid body similarly carved with leaves and husks, terminating in rococo ‘C’ scrolls above a magnificent tripod base similarly carved, regilt


height 54 in.; diameter 21 ¾ in.

137.2 cm; 55.2 cm

In the London trade circa 1955;

The Carraro Rizzoli Collection, Christie's London, 14 December 2006, lot 50 (a set of four);

Private Collection, United Kingdom;

Rolleston, London.

These luxurious ‘torchères’, on which either vases or candelabra would have rested, are an example of the French-inspired ‘picturesque’ style that drew heavily on rococo motifs and forms. The origins of the form of these stands lie in the Louis XIV torchères that are included in Daniel Marot’s Nouveaux Livre d’Ornements in 1703,1 and the popularity of the French style in Britain is also due to the circulation of designs in prominent printed volumes by British cabinet-makers: for example, the third edition (1762) of Chippendale’s Director contains four plates with seventeen designs for ‘Candle Stands’ in the Rococo style.2 Christopher Gilbert also matches a Chippendale drawing in the Victoria and Albert Museum for a stand in this style to a stand at Denton Hall, Yorkshire.3


1 Daniel Marot, Nouveaux Livre d’Ornements, Paris, 1890 reprint, pl. 34 and 38. Available at: <https://library.si.edu/digital-library/book/nouveauxlivredor00maro> [accessed 22nd April 2024]

2 Thomas Chippendale, The Gentleman & Cabinet-Maker’s Director, New York, 1966 reprint, pl. CXLVII.

3 Christopher Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, vol II, London, 1978, figs. 376-377.