New York, Park Avenue
24 November 1998
A MONUMENTAL DUTCH WROUGHT-IRON TORCHERE
On octagonal base, the flaring cylindrical standard applied with eight riveted stems supporting a conical shade with hammered surface, applied with stylized arching branches
107in. (272cm.) high
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This torchere comes from the Utrecht building designed for the Utrecht Life Insurance Company by Jan Verheul (b. 1860) in 1899-1902. The torchere dates from about 1920, and is typical of the Dutch Nieuwe Kunst period. The Utrecht building was razed in 1974 to make way for a railway station and department store complex.
Please note that this torchre was originally supplied to the Social Insurance Bank of Amsterdam, a building which dates from circa 1920, and not the Utrecht Life Insurance Company, as stated in the catalogue.
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