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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 11

    A PAIR OF REGENCY BRONZE AND ORMOLU THREE-LIGHT TORCHERES

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF REGENCY BRONZE AND ORMOLU THREE-LIGHT TORCHERES
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Each with flaming finial and three branches and electric light fitments with later glass shades, the gently spreading shaft with leaf-cast lower part, on an acanthus and lotus-leaf-cast stem and tripod legs, on a shaped concave-sided stepped plinth, originally colza oil lamps and previously with an oil reservoir in place of the later flaming finials, replacements to light fittings
    89¼ in. (226.5 cm.) high; 16¼ in. (41 cm.) diameter (2)


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    The candelabra are designed in the early 19th-century 'French' or 'Louis Quatorze' manner, as promoted by the Prince Regent at his Carlton House Palace.
    Six large floor-standing candelabra were made by P.-P. Thomire in 1814 for Carlton House at a cost of £1,575, four of fourteen lights and two with eleven. They were later installed in the Great (or Crimson) Drawing Room, Windsor Castle, as part of George IVs extensive refurnishing throughout the 1820s. Morel and Seddon charged £597 18s for regilding and restoring the marble plinths. (H. Roberts, For the King's Pleasure: The Furnishing and Decoration of George IV's Apartments at Windsor Castle, London, 2001, pp. 79, 83, 84 & 95, fig. 91). Another pair, circa 1815 entirely of ormolu and with eight branches, is illustrated in J. Bourne & V, Brett, Lighting in the Domestic Interior, London, 1991, p. 180, fig. 591.

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    Provenance

    Bought from Carlton Hobbs Ltd., 2001.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN