• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 117

    A PAIR OF BRONZE TORCHERES

    AFTER A DESIGN BY THOMAS HOPE, CIRCA 1880

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF BRONZE TORCHERES
    AFTER A DESIGN BY THOMAS HOPE, CIRCA 1880
    Each with a circular top above a reeded lotus and acanthus-wrapped shaft on a tripod base of splayed naturalistic legs and paw feet and a concave sided plinth, inscribed in chalk '1', 'IX' and 'B', and '2'
    53½ in. (136 cm.) high (2)


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    The connoisseur collector Thomas Hope included similar torcheres in several of the rooms he illustrated in the guide to his mansion museum at Duchess Street, including the 'Lararium', plate X. It was published in 1807 as Household Furniture and Interior Decoration. The Chiurazzi family of bronze founders listed a torchere of related design in their catalogue published circa 1900, under no. 165. Replicas of related candelabra from Pompeii and Herculaneum are illustrated in the 1910 catalogue of the Naples Fonderie Artistiche, J. Chiurazzi & Fils-S. De Angelis & Fils, who exhibited at major International Exhibitions around 1900.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    FROM THE COLLECTION OF SIR JAMES STIRLING (LOTS 111-120)