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A MATCHED PAIR OF ENGLISH MAHOGANY TORCHERES,
This lot is offered without reserve. PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION 
A MATCHED PAIR OF ENGLISH MAHOGANY TORCHERES,

LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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A MATCHED PAIR OF ENGLISH MAHOGANY TORCHERES,
LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
each bearing inventory disks numbered 311 and 312 respectively, minor variations in the carving to the legs
42in. (107cm.) high, 13½in. (34cm.) diameter (2)
Provenance
[Possibly] James Thursby Pelham, Esq., 55 Cadogan Gardens, London.
C.K.G. Billings, Tryon Hall, Fort Tryon Park, New York or his residence at Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street.
By descent to his son William H. Vander Poel.
By descent to his son,
Halstead B. Vander Poel; Christie's, New York, 14 October 2004, lot 243.
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These torcheres formed art of a collection of furniture belonging to Halsted B. Vander Poel, which descended from his grandfather, C.K.G. Billings. A wealthy industrialist and noted horseman from Chicago, Billings retired as President of the Peoples Gas, Light and Coke Company (later Union Carbide) in 1901 at the age of 40, and moved to New York City. While his principal residence was at Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street, he purchased land in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan and built the magnificent Louis XV style mansion, Tryon Hall. It was sold to John D. Rockefeller in 1917, but was later destroyed by fire in 1925. Remnants of the estate can still be seen in the park today, which is the site of the Cloisters, an annex of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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