A fine and rare pair of English Regency period torchères/ stands/ candlestands, in the manner of Thomas Hope. Ca 1810.
Both raised on tapering simulated bronze column supports with circular tops and fluted gilt collars, on a concave-sided triform base with winged panther mask monopodia. The base of the columns issuing from spreading, gilded carved lotus.
These antique torchères might also be referred to as columns, ornamental stands, candle sticks, or candelabra.
h: 125.5 cm
w: 50.5 cm
d: 50.5 cm.
‘Thomas Hope – Regency Designer’, ed. David Watkin & Philip Hewat-Jaboor, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2008
Fig. 68-1, p.378 The Aurora Room, Duchess Street, photo from V & A Museum
Figs. 78-2, 78-3, p.396, in The Royal Collection, HM Queen Elizabeth II, RCIN 588- 1-2, 45- 1-2.
Illustr. 88, p.414, The Faringdon Collection, Buscot Park, Oxfordshire.
The pair of stands we are offering correspond closely to the pair in the Faringdon Collection (see above). Watkin and Hewat-Jaboor state; ‘’A ‘Roman’ stand of this precise design, perhaps an imaginative variation on one published by Visconti*, is illustrated in ‘Household Furniture’, plate L, number 2… Hope also owned several classical Roman candelabra himself, and these too might have provided inspiration for the present model” (See Waywell, ‘The Lever and Hope Sculptures’ (1986): pls. 16,17.
* Il Museo Pio-Clementino vol. 5 (1782): pl. III.
Vis. The Deepdene Trail – Deepdene entry from The DiCamillo Companion to British & Irish Country Houses
Thomas Hope: Regency Designer – 2008 exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Portrait of Thomas Hope (National Portrait Gallery, London)
Anastasius Vol. 1 Anastasius Vol. 2 Anastasius Vol. 3 at the Internet Archive.
Country Life, 13 April 1929, ’Hinchingbrooke – II’, Christopher Hussey, p. 517, fig.6
Country Life, May 23, 1947, ‘Torcheres and Candelabra – Designs by Robert Adam’, Ralph Edwards, pp. 966-967
Eileen Harris, The Furniture of Robert Adam, 1963
Margaret Jourdain, Regency Furniture 1795-1830, 1965, figs. 31, 168, 176
Helena Hayward, editor, World Furniture, 1965, p. 17, fig. 32.