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Pair of Candle Stands (torchères)

Pair of Candle Stands (torchères)

c. 1773

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Thomas Chippendale

(British, 1718–1779)

Gilt-wood, gesso

Each: 154 x 56 x 51 cm (60 5/8 x 22 1/16 x 20 1/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2018.203

Did you know?

Candle stands usually held silver or crystal candelabra that were lit for evening entertainment.


This pair of gilded candle stands was made by Thomas Chippendale, the most renowned cabinetmaker in eighteenth-century London, for the grand drawing room of Brocket Hall, a large country house in Hertfordshire, England. With finely carved acanthus leaves, swags, fluting, and oval masks depicting the Roman goddess Diana, these candle stands exhibit Chippendale’s masterful understanding of neoclassical proportion, scale, and ornament. His landmark book of furniture designs, The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director (first published in 1754), was highly admired as a source of inspiration by cabinetmakers and architects around England as well as in Europe and America.

See also
Decorative Arts
Type of artwork: 
Furniture and woodwork

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