The cherub flower columns developed from the Torchere pairs as non electric alternatives that were slimmer and taller.
Torchers were first introduced in France towards the end of the 17th century and were usually made from gilded and sometimes ebonised wood. Most often they took the form of cherubs, godesses, or exotic figures in arabic, african, indian or chinese costumes – or occasionally mythical beasts, all standing on ornate plinths holding lights aloft.
The cherub columns feature a different model figure standing centrally (the torcheres feature left and right figures) so can be used singly and are sold as singles – they will stand alone at the top of a staircase or in the corner of a room or under a stair well of a curved staircase – the possibilioties are endless!
The figures are ebonised with gilded details and floral arrangement – the column base is painted to look like faux marble.
The cherub column figures have been designed and made exclusively by me, I create the the figure on the plinth, then add the arrangements, before hand painting and gilding. These are exclusive to me – and so can also be made to order in any colour and style.
I also make them in pastel colours to replicate those in porcelain created by the 18th century Meissen porcelain factory who made such figures and chandeliers for the palaces of king Ludwig ll of Bavaria.