But what is a Torchere? the name come from the French for torch/light and is basically a tall, floor standing candelabra usually with several lights. They were first introduced in France towards
the end of the 17th century 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.
Later, with the development of European porcelain they came in china form – which is what has inspired this pastel pair to complement the chandeliers I make inspired by those in the castles of Ludwig ll of Bavaria. He was the patron of the Meissen porcelain factory and was always looking for new and exciting ways of displaying the products of his factories.
This pair of Torchere figures has been designed and made exclusively by me, I create the the figure on the plinth, then add the electric lights and decorations, before hand painting and gilding. These are exclusive to me – and so can also be made to order in any colour and style.