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Torchere (one of a pair)




42 in x 19-1/2 in x 17 in (top, 9-1/2 dia)



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Historic Odessa Foundation, gift of H. Rodney Sharp

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This pair of torcheres (torchere .1 was photographed) stands on three cabriole legs with plain feet that are pointed.  The shaft or standard has a columnar turning above domes and reels above an elongated tapered turning with rings, a combination of turnings that has little, if any, 18th century counterparts.  The torcheres exhibit little wear or evidence of age.  The circular tops attach to a molded disks below with screws from underneath.  The entire unit attached to the standard by threaded dowels, all of which appears to be of modern construction.  

Eighteenth-century English counterparts were called candlestands.  Typically made in pairs, they often accompanied a wall table that stood between them.