The 'Roman' pattern for these tripod torchères for vase or candelabra was invented at the French court in the late 17th Century. Such stands are illustrated by Mariette in his Nouveaux Desseins de Meubles et Ouvrages de Bronze et de Marqueterie Inventés et gravés par André-Charles Boulle, Paris, 1707. Related gessoed stands were supplied around 1700 for William III's palace at Hampton Court by John Pelletier (d.1710). Others were supplied for George I about 1715 by James Moore (d.1726), known as 'The King's Cabinet-maker' (see R. Edwards and M. Jourdain, Georgian Cabinet-Makers, rev. ed., London, 1955, p.121, figs. 2, 29 and 30).
The design of these torchères relates closely to a pair of giltwood torchères attributed to James Moore which was sold at Sotheby's London, 16 November 1986, lot 64.